THERE is need to improve facilities in other parts of the country to attract more dollar-spenders and boost revenue from the tourism sector.
Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Peter Kasanda said business houses should invest in other tourist destinations so that visitors have a wider choice and stay much longer when they come to Zambia.
He said with increased tourist arrivals, Zambia will raise more foreign exchange to improve the economy, adding that the holiday business also creates jobs.
“We need to expand tourism infrastructure to ensure that we have more space for tourism arrivals,” Mr Kasanda said during the tour of Central Province recently.
Mr Kasanda said Government wants to see the tourism sector attract up to one million visitors annually, citing Kasaba and Nsumbu bays, as places with stunning beauty but lacking infrastructure.
He said although Victoria Falls in Livingstone is a must-see, there is need to take development to other parts of the country if local and foreign investors are to be encouraged to grow the tourism sector.
“We want tourists to stay and not only to visit the Victoria Falls, and leave for South Africa.
“We want tourists to spend more money in our country because we have many tourist sites which should be visited,” Mr Kasanda said.
Mr Kasanda is, however, impressed with the increasing number of beds spaces in Zambia but added that more untapped tourist attractions should be opened for local and foreign visitors.
Zambia Daily Mail