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Gutu Rural District Council

Commitment to Sustainable Development

GUTU RURAL DISTRICT ECO TOURISM INVESTMENT PLAN

GUTU RDC’S TOURISM INVESTMENT PLAN

 

PROJECT TITLE

Tourism Investment Plan

 

 

 

Savannah Heritage & Tourism Consultancy

Mutyandaedza Bright

Heritage & Tourism Consultant

BA Hons ACHMS & MA Archaeology

  savannazim@gmail.com bright@savannahheritage.co.zw

+263 773 423 627   +263 737 865 063 + 263 712 525 217

 

 

 

 

  • Development of a complete package of a theme park and accommodation facilities.
  • Development of boating and canoeing facilities.
  • Development of a camping site and play centre.
  • Conference facility.

To create an environmentally friendly and focused destination

(Overall project objectives and the desired results)
The purpose of the project is to:

  • Improve conditions on visitor facilities (Access path, signage)
  • Erect new structures accommodation, toilets, shops (Kiosk & Curio) and a restaurant
  • Draft Management Plans (Site, Visitor, Disaster, Environment)
  • Design co-management plan
  • Introduce game into the area (wild and domestic animals)
  • Improve interpretation and presentation of the site (signage)

How we intend to achieve the project objectives and results and how the proposed activities directly contribute towards achieving the project objectives and results.

 Overall project objectives and the desired results and purposes of the project are to:

  1. Improve conditions by developing visitor facilities
  2. Restore this site so that it can be used as a one stop tourist destination.
  3. Establish a boating club
  4. Introduce fish farming and small scale fishing
  5. Provide accommodation for visitors
  6. Contribute towards preservation and conservation of the site so that people can visit it and students and scholars can study them in the future?
  7. Document, Interpret and Present the site to visitors.
  8. The major objective of this project is to restore the site so as to maintain its historical, aesthetic, educational integrity. The site has been carefully selected for restoration and preservation so as to promote urban tourism.
 

  • Educational Value
  • Scientific Value
  • Economic Value
  • Cultural

Rebranding will not only give this monument their proper value but will make the site attract the necessary attention in terms of both domestic and international tourism these being Recognition, Conservation, Allocation of resources (infrastructure) and Tourist Flows.

Our Project will contribute to global sustainable development goals- clean energy and responsible non-consumptive tourism and to the infrastructure and utilises cluster of Zim Asset.

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-Restore deteriorating facilities these being ablution blocks, gate house and access paths.

-Restore sanity by operating in an environmentally viable manner and contributing towards rehabilitating the Dam.

-Develop and implement management plans.

-Document and publish a visitor guide book/visitor trails about the site.

-Contribute towards teaching and research of recreational sites at university level.

-Present a well restored site to visitors and restore pride in the site by Zimbabweans

-Development of a complete package of a nature based holiday resort centre.

-Development of lodges and a conference facility.

-Development of camping sites and play centres.

-Development of a small golf estate.

- Develop a state of the art hotel

How we intend to achieve the project objectives and results and how the proposed activities directly contribute towards achieving the project objectives and results.

Below are a number of facilities and structures that have been proposed for site to be lively however care must be taken in maintaining both the fabric and values of the site.

 

An interactive interpretive centre that interprets site significant information will also be revamped during the project. This will work hand in hand with the site museum so that the site can be useful to all age groups, various backgrounds and can be used by those that are physically challenged such as the blind, deaf and dump visitors who would have come to experience what the site has to offer.

                     

This will be located near the site museum so as to house and accommodate administration offices site maps and information brochures can be obtained from this place.

 

Accommodation is an important aspect when it comes to the hospitality sector. Our proposed nature based lodges are designed to accommodate every visitor’s needs, expectations, preference and budget. Our rooms will vary from standard to luxury, they will be fully furnished, have in suite bathrooms with running showers and flush toilets. If space permits them will all be spacious and beautifully fixed with television, quality bed linen, tea and coffee making facilities, a range of selected toiletries in the bathroom and workspace.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering coffee, meals and wine. This establishment will help boost culinary tourism which is a subset of cultural tourism where the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experience derives satisfaction for the travelling tourist.

 

As Zimbabwe has embarked on MICE Tourism, Half day and full day conferencing can take place at the site whilst the local restaurant can provide conference packages such as breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

 

As we aim to attract visitors to come for business and stay for leisure. This establishment will offer simplicity, comfort and exceptional value for money.

 

 

 

A Curio and Outdoor Shop will get products and items from sell directly from local suppliers. We will however charge an extra % age as our mark up. All the goods will be collected at zero deposit for the first 2 months then pay back at the end of each month. This will be aimed at improving the livelihoods of those who live around the site.

 

 

 

Our focus is to provide facilities for visitors to relieve themselves; these should also cater for children and those that are physically challenged. An additional ablution block to be constructed for use by campers at the proposed Caravan Park Site

 

 

The site should have an established Children’s playground and party venue where your kids can have an unforgettable birthday party and enjoy the following; jumping castles, sandpit, jungle gyms, trampolines, swings and water slides

Caravan Park/ Camp Site

 

 

A caravan park site is to accommodate travellers with their own caravan and camper vans. Those that need to experience an outdoor adventure can make use of our camp. We will also provide a few caravans for hire and rental at the site.

 

 

PROJECT PHASES

Phase 1Site visit and drafting of proposals

Phase 2 Submission of documents to GRDC and follow ups

Phase 3 Site upgrading and opening

Phase 4 Erection of first phase of visitor facilities

Phase 5 Construction of the last phase of visitor facilities (Hotel)

TOURISM TARGET MARKET

Culinary Tourism

A subset of cultural tourism where the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experience derives satisfaction for the travelling tourist

Domestic Tourism

Involves the travel by locals to destinations within their country

Eco-Tourism

Environmentally and socially responsible travel to natural and/or cultural areas that promote conservation has low environmental impact and provides for beneficially active socioeconomic involvement of local people.

Mega Eventing

A new tourism niche market whereby a country is able to derive visitor-ship on the basis of super events such as World Cup, Olympics, Hifa as these positively influence destination awareness, brand endorsement and tourism trends.

Sports Tourism

Form of tourism undertaken for the purpose of engaging in a particular sport, such as skiing, athletics, golf, canoeing, water rafting, tiger fishing, soccer, cricket etc. A number of sports fans from various disciplines also follow their teams where they are playing across geographical boundaries.

Poverty eradication, by creating employment opportunities

  • Good waste management practices
  • Procurement/Buying and sourcing of fresh produce from local communities
  • Use of solar for water and lighting
  • Use of gas for cooking
  • Vermiculture
  • No application of hazardous chemicals and sprays on the ground
  • Waste separation and recycling
  • Use of eco-friendly amenities
  • Guest awareness on green/eco-tourism
  • Ecological water treatment system
  • Minimal impact on the environment

THE RESORT

As a site with natural, scientific and historic interest

Employment Opportunities

Revenue Generation

Every project should be assessed in terms of its ability to create jobs. It is however important to note that, more jobs will be created in the longer term. As of the business grows, more marketing will be required, more personnel will be required for the administration of the business, more will be needed in accounting and management of the business‘s finances.

There are many ways through which a given organization can alleviate poverty in the society in which it is located. Job creation is the most obvious way of dealing with this problem that affects most parts of Africa. As jobs are created, income for the employed is generated and they therefore can be able to access basic needs.

Women involvement in business has become a very important part of business nowadays. SS will not ignore this very important aspect of business. A lot of attention will be given by the company in the long term on balanced gender representation in the organization. Highly qualified women will not be denied promotion and will be offered salaries that are just equal to their male counterparts. In actual sense, employment will be offered based on qualifications but without neglecting the quest to have balanced representation in the organization. 

Training is a very important part of any organization. In any industry, training equips staff for challenges, it improves performance and motivation, training also improves productivity and efficiency. In other industries it has seen to be effective in reducing wastages, accidents and losses.

  1. Payment of Lease (Develop now and pay later/Pay as you go)
  2. Contribute towards the sites general conservation initiatives
  3. Dam Rehabilitation
  4. Boost Visitorship thereby generating more revenue
  5. Conservation

DEVELOPING MANAGEMENT PLANS

The development of an integrated Environment Management Plan with a list of                                     development activities should be drafted.

The highest priority should be to achieve a balance between tourism, conservation and fishing. If the natural resources are continued to be exploited in an uninformed manner, they will be eventually no resources to exploit.

The key objective in finding a balance between tourism, conservation and fishing at Harava Dam Resort, the Integrated Environmental Management Plan and The Conservation Plan should also include a key element of Conservation Awareness.

Undertake baseline studies to identify and describe all the cultural and natural resources at the resort. Their current condition will go a long way in drafting Development Plans

This should be committed to apply the following Principles in decision making and planning activities

  • Inter-Generational Equity
  • Custodianship
  • Stakeholder Involvement
  • Accountability
  • Integrated Management Philosophy
  • Planning and Impact Assessment
  • Compliance with legislations
  • Continuous improvement

Ensure conservation of the significant and the natural environment of the dam through the implementation of an intergrated, feasible, self-sustainable and accountable management infrastructure

  • Maintain the state of conservation
  • Manage and preserve the surrounding landscape around the Dam
  • Come up with effective and regular monitoring programme of the site
  • Protect visitor impacts
  • Set up a management structure
  • Embark on fundraising activities to raise money to implement and sustain the resort

This should provide entertained, informative and transformative visitor experience

  • Clearly interpret and present information about the dam and various services
  • Ensure that visitors are informed of the dos and don’ts of the site
  • Use of trained tour guides for informative and entertaining visitor experience
  • Meet visitor demands

Surveys for the state of the Environment Report should include

  1. Marine ecology survey
  2. Vegetation survey and rehabilitation study
  3. Geological and hydrological survey
  4. Tourism Impact Study (Visitor Surveys)