The Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan arrived in Livingstone today for a tour of some tourist attractions.
Prince and Princess Akishino arrived aboard a Royal Air Charters Zambia aircraft which touched down at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport at 10:00 hours.
Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkandu Luo among others accompanied the Japanes royal couple and was received by Southern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Douglas Ngimbu, Livingstone District Commissioner, Omar Musanje, Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti and City Mayor Milford Mambo.
And Livingstone Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti says Zambia and Japan had a long history of cooperation in the areas of sport, road construction, health and agriculture among others.
Ms Chikoti, in her welcoming in her welcoming remarks to the Imperial Highnesses, said 2014 marked 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“We are grateful for the cordial relations between the two countries. The visit of the Imperial Highnesses to Livingstone is historic and our government takes great cognizance and appreciation,” she said.
Ms Chikoti was hopeful that the visit of Prince and Princess Akishino would leave an indelible mark on the country for many more years to come.
She said since the hosting of the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly last year, Livingstone was recording an increase in the number of domestic and international tourists.
And Ms Chikoti said Livingstone city had the capacity to accommodate more investors in the tourism sector.
“Livingstone city has the capacity to accommodate more investors in the tourism sector and I hope your visit here will attract more Japanese investors to be part of this rapidly growing hospitality industry,” she said.
While in Livingstone, Prince and Princess Akishino are expected to visit the Livingstone Museum, Victoria Falls, Baobab tree and Mosi-o-Tunya National Park before departure for Lusaka on Monday, June 30, 2014.
The royal couple is in Zambia for a five-day state visit and is expected to leave the country on Wednesday July, 2 2014.