The National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) has embarked on a project to rehabilitate the shelter at the Zambezi Source ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August this year.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview, NHCC North Western Province Regional Co-ordinator, Dennis Hambote, said the rehabilitation exercise is aimed at giving a new facelift to the tourist centre.
Mr Hambote said the rehabilitation works are also in line with the programme to improve tourist destinations in the country.
He said once the works are completed, the centre will be able to handle both foreign and local tourists.
Mr Hambote explained that the main structures, which include the media centre, have so far been rehabilitated, adding that more works are yet to be done.
Meanwhile, Mr Hambote has disclosed that the commission has applied for a total of US $1 million from the Interim Environmental Funds for putting up additional structures at the site.
He further revealed that the application has since been approved and the commission is waiting for the funds to be released.
He said the commission is aware that the structure in question has been in bad state since last year, adding that the commission will soon address the situation that has been of public concern.
Mr Hambote assured the public that renovations will be completed long before the UNWTO Conference.
He said the commission expects to see an influx of tourists visiting the source of the mighty Zambezi River.