Corporation, over March 31 – April 01, opened Shashe Dam for leisure and recreational activities to diversify Tonota’s tourism offerings.
Shashe Dam is part of Botswana’s wider dam tourism project which also includes dams in Gaborone, Thune, Letsibogo, Shashe and Ntimbale.
Quoting Botswana’s local media, non-profit travel and tourism association, SATOA, reported this diversification was expected to include the development of lodges, campsites, cycling, horse riding and fishing facilities, amongst others, attracting both local and international tourists.
SATOA described the dam’s opening as significant given tourism’s contribution to Botswana’s gross domestic product (GDP).
According to World Travel & Tourism Council’s Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2017 report on Botswana, travel and tourism’s total contribution to Botswana’s GDP was BWP17,779.5 million (USD1,623.8 million), or 10.9 percent of GDP in 2016, forecast to rise by 6.5 percent in 2017, and also increase by 5.5 percent per annum to reach BWP32,204.9 million (USD2,941.3 million), or 12.2 percent of GDP in 2027.