Zim Q1 Arrivals Up 150% From Last Year

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zim q1 arrivals up 150 from last year

Zimbabwe recorded a more than 150% year-on-year increase in international arrivals for Q1 2024, indicating that the countrys tourism promotion efforts and major airport upgrades are bearing fruit.

The country welcomed just under 405000 international visitors between January and March 2024, compared with the 221000 arrivals for the same period in 2023, according to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat).

Notably, arrivals by air surged by 172% to 134100, buoyed by the expansions of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) and Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in 2023. HRE which upped its annual passenger capacity from 2.5 million to six million as a result of the upgrade handled 96658 arrivals, with VFA handling 30840.

This upsurge underscores the importance of ongoing investments in Zimbabwes aviation infrastructure, economist Tinevimbo Shave told government-owned Zimbabwean publication The Herald .

Intra-African travel dominated arrivals, led by South Africa (20.8%), Mozambique (14.4%) and Zambia. Arrivals from overseas were headed by the US with 9.9% of overall international arrivals, followed by the UK and Ireland (4.4%) and Australia (3%).