Zambia has been voted 2nd best tourist destination to visit in 2016 for the French.
This has been revealed by Zambia’s Ambassador to France, Humphrey Chibanda after receiving the results from Liligo.com who organised the competition.
Liligo.com is an online travel search engine currently present in 13 countries and is the leader of flights’ search engines in France with 2 million searches per month.
Ambassador Chibanda revealed that sometime in March this year, Liligo.com France approached the Zambian Mission in Paris and presented a proposal for Zambia to participate in a competition for the best tourist destination to visit in 2016 for the French.
The Mission took up the challenge and presented the proposal to Zambia Tourism Board who gave the Mission a go ahead to enter the competition.
Ambassador Chibanda said the competition involved sending three well qualified French travel bloggers to three different countries for 14 days and Zambia was drawn together with Canada and Oman.
This is contained in a statement issued by First Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Paris Percy Ngwira.
The travel bloggers left France on 22 September 2015 and returned on the 4th of October, 2015.
The itinerary for the Zambian blogger included South Lungwa National Park, Lower Zambezi, Kafue National, Lusaka and Livingstone under the facilitation of Zambia Tourism Board working in collaboration with the local Zambian tour operators who offered various services to the blogger.
The bloggers were blogging their 14 day travel experiences through various social media platforms while Liligo.com had a dedicated website for the competition and also shared the bloggers travel experiences on their official social media platforms.
The voting which was done online started from the day the bloggers were dispatched to the various destinations and closed on October 14, 2015 with Canada taking up the first position with 52.4 per cent votes and Zambia participating for the first time coming in the second place as a must visit destination for the French in 2016 with 31.4 per cent votes while Oman in the same group came last with 16.2 per cent votes.
Giving feedback at the Zambian Mission in Paris, Fabrice Dubesset the travel blogger who had traveled to Zambia said Zambia is a must see tourist destination for those seeking authentic unexplored destinations.
“You know as a travel blogger I have had a chance to travel to many destinations around the world in all the five continents, but the experience I had in Zambia was just amazing, at one point I thought I was watching a documentary on National Geographical and yet it was real,” Mr Fabrice said.
He said before travelling to Zambia he had done research about the destination and one thing that was true from his research findings is that the Zambian people are one of the most friendly and helpful people that you can ever meet.
“Wherever I went I felt like home and you really have an amazing country” Mr Fabric said.
The travel blogger further, informed Ambassador Chibanda that he was amazed at the sheer abundance of wildlife in South Lungwa National Park and lower Zambezi.
Mr Fabrice also noted that the accommodation facilities even those located in national parks are amazingly comfortable.
On Livingstone, Mr Fabrice told Mr Chibanda that Livingstone was a must be for adrenaline lovers and the Victoria Falls was must be on the list of any tourist to Africa.
“I think Victoria Falls is amazing both from land and from above by helicopter I think it is one of the must be on the list of places to see for any tourist to Africa”, the travel blogger said.