Bulawayo Metropolitan Province is located in the south west of the country, and is the second largest City in Zimbabwe. It is home to about 653 337 people and the population comprises of both sexes of different nationalities although the majority are local Zimbabweans (figures as at 2012).
The Province is strategically located and consequently forms the axis of road and rail network links to the rest of the country and the southern African region providing important railway linkages to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. It is also the manufacturing and industrial centre with a large presence of heavy industries. Bulawayo is a multicultural city inhabited by people of the various ethnic groups in Zimbabwe such as the Ndebele who are a majority, shona, Tonga, Kalanga, Venda and Sotho. Its diversity is also in the wide range of leisure and recreational activities it has to offer from sports facilities, gardens, cultural centres, art and craft and lodges, nature reserves and its proximity to some of the most sensational national tourist attractions such as Victoria Falls and Hwange national Park.
- The development and packaging of a tourism route around the City of Bulawayo, Makhokhoba, Renkini Nature Tourism
- A number of game and bird sanctuaries and nature reserves, Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, Tshabalala Game Sanctuary
- Through strategic location and transportation infrastructure being the gateway to the Country’s prime tourist resorts at the Victoria Falls, Matopo Hills, Hwange National Park and Great Zimbabwe no more than three hours drive from the City Centre through a picturesque Countryside. History Tourism
- In addition, the city hosts the National Museum, Railway Museum, National Art Gallery, Inxwala Site, Hangman Tree, Khame Ruins, and many more. Heritage Tourism
- To position the City of Kings and Queens as a world class cultural and heritage diversity gateway. The cultural and heritage rich historical stories of the province. Art and Craft Centre. MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) and Sporting Facilities
- The Country’s Prime Host of choice for Expos and International Sporting Competitions Sankanayi-Hlanganani A world tourism Expo showcasing the widest variety of Africa’s best Tourism products
Trade in Bulawayo
• Strategic regional location in relation to SADC Countries.
• Presence of transportation infrastructure being the gateway to trading goods emanating from our own neighbouring agricultural and mining powerhouse provinces
• Presence of local goods markets whose facilities can be improved upon MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions)
• The Country’s Prime Host of choice hosting the biggest trade gathering in the country – Zimbabwe International Trade Fair - A multi-national Expo catalyizing trade with other nations
• A convenient trade hub for the region.
Partnerships and Joint Ventures • The Ease of doing business through the setting up of Zimbabwe Investment Authority Offices in Bulawayo Revival of Industry • Investment opportunities in already established entities that have suffered under economic hardships of the past Value Addition • Beneficiation of goods leveraging off existing industrial infrastructure and establishing brand new production plants and factories. Innovation Hub • Highlighting the Institutions of Education, NUST, The Zimbabwe School of Mines, Bulawayo Polytech, United College of Education, Solusi University among others providing skilled labour MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions)