Africa tourism experts have described a plan to build a Disneyland theme park on the Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls as "completely inappropriate."
The idea for the development was announced by Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe's tourism and hospitality minister, on the sidelines of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly, which Zimbabwe is co-hosting with the town of Livingstone in neighbouring Zambia.
Mr Mzembi told New Ziana, the official news agency, that the government was planning to spend $300m (£193m) on the theme park, a venture which he described as a "Disneyland in Africa".
The scheme was met with sceptism by Africa tourism specialists.
"Zimbabwe is a country that often struggles to do the basic things it needs to do and this cannot be a sensible suggestion," said Chris McIntyre, managing director of Expert Africa, a UK-based specialist tour operator.