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The online product is expected to be completed by July, with the aim of developing cheaper accommodation for tourists The online product is expected to be completed by July, with the aim of developing cheaper accommodation for tourists

Zimbabwe Creates Own Airbnb Concept

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Tourism is on a drive to register small lodges, households, restaurants and other eateries, in an effort to offer home stays and eateries for international tourists to choose from when visiting the country.

The concept will operate on a similar business model to Airbnb, and will be managed by Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG), a hospitality management company, which already has 50 homestays on its RTG Gateway application, and is targeting 500 home owners by the end of the year.

Prisca Mupfumira, minister, tourism and hospitality industry, Zimbabwe, highlighted, "We are in the process of registering all these small accommodation facilities online to ensure that, at a punch of a button, there is a home away from the hotel.”

Accommodation in Zimbabwe’s key tourist destinations, including; Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Kariba, Gonarezhou National Park, Eastern Highlands, Great Zimbabwe, and Nyanga, can be expensive compared with local and regional offerings.