|Airzim failed to take advantage: Kaseke|
|Monday, 30 July 2012 00:00|
protected for a long time by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development, but had failed to capitalise on this.
“Air Zimbabwe is like a small spoilt child whose father does not want him to play with other children,” said Mr Kaseke.
“Air Zimbabwe does not want competition and the Ministry protects it. As a result, Air Zimbabwe ended up as a dullard because we cannot expect a national airline to ply the tourism hub of Southern Africa thrice a month instead of three times a day.”
Mr Kaseke said failure to avail modern-day services resulted in bus operators taking advantage by servicing local routes with luxurious coaches.
Mr Kaseke said transport operators were the face of the tourism industry and they have to market tourism destinations with pride.
Pathfinder managing director Mr Fungai Makoni, whose company becomes the first to introduce the G7 buses in Africa, said stakeholders in the transport industry need to appreciate the role played by bus companies.
“If you are to market the tourist destinations, you have to offer competitive services that will not make the world shun the resort towns,” he said.
The new G7 buses will start serving routes on September 1 and have access to Internet, DSTV, coffee making machines, laptop plug-ins and a personalised radio system among other accessories.