ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga says the mission in India will do everything possible this year to increase tourist figures from Indian tourists that mainly visit the globe in April.
“The Mission is trying to increase Indian tourist flow into Zambia from the 2017 figure that stood at 416,” Mrs. Kapijimpanga said.
The High Commissioner had since thanked the Government of the State of Gujarat in India for inviting the mission to reach out to tourists who had not heard much about Zambia.
Speaking in the State of Gujarat, India, during the 2018 International Kite Festival, Mrs. Kapijimpanga said Zambia stood to benefit from the 1.3 billion people of the Asian subcontinent if a small percentage visited Zambia.
In a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India, Bangwe Naviley, the Zambian top envoy said the International Kite Festival in Gujarat had opened up new frontiers for tourism promotion.
She explained that this was because most Indians travelled to at least two countries every year for tourism purposes.
“The people of India would enjoy Zambia’s nature tourism especially the fresh waters, water rafting, walking safaris and the numerous waterfalls,” The High Commissioner said.
She said the kite festival was an opportunity for interpersonal contacts with tourist operators, travel agents and those who would want to invest in hotels and apartments in the tourism industry.
“Gujarat also has a rich political and cultural history because the father of India Mahatma Gandhi originated from the same State,” Mrs Kapijimpanga said.
She said the state also had strong cultural and spiritual beliefs making it a dry state without alcohol intake and all the people were vegetarians.
“Gujarat has political importance because Prime Minister Narendra Modi originates from the same State,” Mrs Kapijimpanga said.