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Zambezi Times Online 2004

Foreign Tour Operators Eye Zambia

LUSAKA, May 13 - Zambia has received several propositions from foreign tour operators who showed interest in investing in the tourism industry at the just ended Indaba Tourism Fair in Durban, South Africa, the Zambia National Tourist Board (ZNTB) has said.

ZNTB marketing manager Tamara Gondwe-Scott said yesterday in Lusaka that many of the tour operators attending the Indaba expressed interest in investing in Sesheke, Liuwa Game Park and Kafue National Park.

This comes barely a few weeks after Deputy Minister of Finance and National Planning Felix Mutati said that Government would this year give financial attention and prominence to the development of strategic areas like the Kafue National Park.

This was meant to draw more tourists and investors to other areas other than Livingstone.

"We received a number of propositions while at the Indaba, and some of these foreign tour operators would be arriving in the country on May 26.

These investors will be introduced to the Ministry of Tourism and the Zambia Investment Centre officials, whom they will hold meetings with," Ms Gondwe-Scott said.

She was optimistic that something good would come out of the visitation by the foreign tour operators, who have identified Zambia as a good tourist destination.

Zambia was among some of the Southern African countries that exhibited at the just ended Indaba Tourism Fair, where it scooped an award for the Best Southern African Country Stand.

And Ms Gondwe-Scott has said the ZNTB would take advantage of the Kitwe Show to market Zambian tourism to the local market.

She said the ZNTB would hold a number of exciting events that would carry prizes including trips around the country; the Royal Sun Hotel in Livingstone, a visit to Chaminuka Lodge in Lusaka and other best tourism destinations in the country.

"We want to promote tourism to locals. We want Zambians to get to know most of these areas and start appreciating them," she said.

Source: The Times of Zambia / allAfrica Global Media

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