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Zimbabwe wants to turn Victoria Falls in African Disneyland

Zimbabwe wants to turn Victoria Falls in African Disneyland
29 Aug 2013

The Zimbabwean tourism minister wants to create a Disneyland-style complex at the Victoria Falls. 

Walter Mzembi has said he plans to spend $300m (£193m) building hotels, entertainment parks, restaurants and conference facilities alongside the world's largest waterfall to make the most of the 'sleeping giant'. 

'It's a wake-up call for us … we must build a new tourism facility with an impact,' he told the BBC. 

'We think it should be modelled along the size … of Disneyland. This is the vision, and we need people who can run with it.'

Zimbabwe's tourism industry has struggled during the controversial reign of Robert Mugabe, but the tourism authority claims visitor numbers increased by 17% in the first quarter of 2013 thanks to a more stable economic outlook for the country.

It has also announced plans to expand the Victoria Falls airport as part of a $150m programme of investment. ADNFCR-408-ID-801630816-ADNFCR

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