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    Peaceful elections see Rovos tourist arrivals going up 10%

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    SIPHATHISIWE MATHAMBO

    GWANDA – Tourist arrivals into Zimbabwe by  Rovos Rail  train went up 10% from June this year to the time of elections last week, a development attributed to the country's peaceful elections.
    Rovos train general manager, Renolda Motla confirmed the increase and said that there were fears that tourists visiting Zimbabwe from South Africa were going to drop because of violence anticipation during the elections.
    Motla spoke in an interview with The Mirror at Gwanda train stopover.
    Rovos train is a luxurious train that brings tourists from Durban to Victoria Falls every Friday and returns to South Africa on Tuesday.  The train has a luxurious dining room, bedrooms and cocktail bar. Tourists on board tour the Durban forests, Cape Town beach before the train crosses the border into Zimbabwe.
    "We thought we were going to experience a decrease in the number of tourists because of the elections but contrary to that there actually is a jump of 10% since early June.
    "The environment in Zimbabwe at the time of the elections was so peaceful that the train could still afford to stop at Gwanda for tourists to buy souvenirs. We didn't think that the environment would be so peaceful," said Motla.
    Motla said the number of tourists has increased since the beginning of June with last week recording a total of 150 tourists.
    The number of tourists at the beginning of June was 130.

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