About 42 tourism facilities in the northern region are expected to be closed down by the authorities for being below minimum standards, it has been confirmed.
Regional Tourism Officer, Michael Chigaga said they will close down the facilities after rigorous inspections.
The department yesterday completed a regional assessment of standards aimed at ascertaining hotels, lodges, restaurants and other hospitality businesses that are fit to operate this year.
“So far, we have reached out to 304 businesses out of 390. A total of 207 units have been licensed to continue operating while 55 have been earmarked for re- inspection and 42 have been recommended for closure,” Chigaga said.
Inspectors in all regions embarked on the assignment last November. And the tourism sector contributes about 3.5 percent of the country’s GDP.
Chigaga asked all operators to adhere to guiding standards to avoid scaring away visitors and putting their businesses at risk of being closed.
He said the department and operators in the industry need to work hand in hand to achieve the common goal of boosting tourism in the country.