A giant knot erupts in my stomach and lodges itself there until further notice. My heart begins to pound and my armpits begin to sweat profusely. My mind swells up into a heavy fog of grey matter and refuses to create a substantial image. I turn to my neighbour and shake my head. I close my eyes and wonder why on earth I am in this classroom.
And so the discussion begins…
According to Macdonald Mudzaki Herald Reporter:
“Zimbabwe has been awarded the 2014 World Best Tourist Destination title by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) for promoting eco-tourism and successfully convening the 20th session of the World Tourism Organisation General Assembly conference last year. The council named Zimbabwe as the World Best Tourist Destination for 2014 and receiver of the Favourite Cultural Destination distinction for 2014 despite tremendous logistic and economic challenges facing the country.”
Yet this report is countered with staggering headlines of Zimbabwe’s High Unemployment Rate, and then countered again with headlines claiming that Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate in the world. These contradictions reveal the minor crisis in Zimbabwe. A small segment is revealing glamour, yet the rest is revealing despair, forming a pretty ugly scenario. Zimbabwean tourism has always set itself apart for great potential. Tourist spots that attract attention are Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Domboshava and Nyanga, just to name a few. Yet my heart races as I search online for Zimbabwe’s annual GDP, Zimbabwe’s currency rate, Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate and Zimbabwe’s current economical state. I am personally not a fan of all these statistics because ultimately, I have yet to understand them. And secondly it breaks my heart to know that under this shield of booming tourism is a depleting nation gasping for life. According to the International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook Database, Zimbabwe is the 3rd poorest country in the world. More than 80% of the nation lives under the poverty line. (read more)
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