A visiting tourist has observed that Zambia has more tourist sites than any other country in the Southern African region.
Barry Williams, who is a South African, however noted that indigenous Zambians were allegedly not exploring their country where tourism is concerned.
Mr. Williams, who is on a three-week holiday in Zambia, commended government for the strides it was making towards improving the tourism sector.
He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS at the Royal Zambezi Lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River.
“l am moved by the tourism, explicit and experience Zambia is endowed with. This is the country (Zambia) to be if you want to enjoy in the Southern Africa region,” Mr. Williams said.
And Royal Zambezi Lodge Executive Chef Manager Keegan Corken appealed to the government to upgrade the dilapidated road infrastructure leading to guest houses, lodges and hotels in national parks.
Mr. Corken said most tourists feel frustrated by the poor road network leading to tourism sites and places.
But Acting President Guy Scott said in a separate interview that government has engaged some contractors and community resource boards to ensure there was a good road network in national parks.
Dr. Scott said the Ministry of Tourism and Arts was developing other idle tourism circuits in order to make them viable and attractive.
He however bemoaned the fact that foreign investors were setting up businesses in the tourism sector more than the indigenous Zambians.
He said Zambia’s tourism potential was far in excess than other countries in the southern African region
He wondered why countries which have less tourism sites were receiving more tourists annually than Zambia.