#AfriTravel: Victoria Falls breaks ground on new Grand Prix course

2018-07-31 10:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Victoria Falls will be getting a Grand Prix arena. (Photo: iStock)

Zimbabweans will soon be hearing the engines of Grand Prix racing cars zooming past their iconic Victoria Falls.

Feonirichi - a Dubai-based company - has broken ground for the construction of a G1 Grand Prix arena in the tourist hotspot, as well as a medical resort, shopping mall, 7-star 300-bed hotel and convention centre. About $1.2 billion (about R15.7bn at R13,16/$) will be invested into the project until construction is completed.

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The ceremony was presided over by Zimbabwe's vice president Constantino Chiwenga on Sunday, and the project aims to bring a massive tourism boost to the area, as well as create more than 8 000 jobs during construction, reports Chronicle.

According to a representative from Feonirichi, they aim to host between four and five races every year, and are in the process of meeting all the regulations to get the necessary approval from international racing bodies. The project was brought to life after Zimbabwe attended the Arabian Travel Market earlier this year.

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"The motor racing events are geared to attract, not only local, but international tourists, hence we need more hotels. Victoria Falls already occupies the top position of adrenaline capital of the world and bringing Grand Prix here is another feather in the cap," says Chiwenga to Chronicle.

No projected completion date has been given yet.

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