Zambia’s tourism potential lauded
Livingstone, July 15, ZANIS….Visiting lecturers from the Virginia Tech
University in the Unites States say Zambia has great potential in
tourism which needs to be tapped fully to increase the country’s
revenue base for economic development.
Virginia Tech University Lecturer in the Hospitality and Tourism
Department, Rick Parsons noted that the country has a lot of
opportunities in tourism which can help to generate more revenue.
“Zambia has a lot of tourism opportunities which can be used to help
the country generate revenue for development especially during the
United Nations World Tourism General Assembly (UNWTO) in August,” said
Mr. Parson said this today at a media briefing on the proposed plans for
a partnership between the University of Virginia and Victoria University.
He noted that the partnership that will soon be forged between
the two universities will help produce graduates in tourism that will be able to contribute to the development of the sector.
A seven member delegation from the Virginia Tech University is on three-week visit to Zambia from June 21 to July 17 to work with the Victoria Falls University of Technology in Livingstone to forge a partnership which would culminate into signing a memorandum of
Understanding between the two universities.
Meanwhile, Victoria Falls University Vice Chancellor Gertrude
Akapelwa-Ehueni said the planned partnership will help the two
universities in a quest to improve academic education.
She said Victoria University expects support from Virginia University
in areas of capacity development of its faculty, institutional
development in the Schools of Education, Tourism and Hotel Management and the School of
Information and Communications Technology.
The two institutions will also partner in areas of staff development, research development of specialized academic programmes, and exchange
of scholarly and instructional materials.
And delegation leader Dr Bill Price said the project will
require at least US5 million dollars to be implemented.
Dr Price also said once the MOU is signed both universities will significantly benefit in terms of improvement in all facets of education provision.