ZAMBIA has won the Golden Award in the Southern African Destination Community category at the just ended 2016 Tourism Indaba in Durban South Africa.
This is according to a statement released to the media by Press Secretary at the Zambian Embassy in South Africa, Nicky Shabolyo
The award was presented to the Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) by South African Tourism (SAT) on Tuesday.
The 2016 Tourism Indaba took place from 7 – 9th May, with 18 countries from Africa taking part. The ZTA took along with it, 21 companies from the private sector consisting of hotels, lodges, airlines, travel & tour operators, safari camps and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
The ZTA also invited three permanent secretaries namely Mr. Sturdy Mwale for Lusaka, Dr. Chanda Kasolo for Eastern province and Mr. Boniface Chimbwali for Luapula. Lusaka Town Clerk Mr. Alex Mwansa, city planners, an Economist from the Ministry of Finance and staff from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife were also part of the delegation.
The team was taken for a bench marketing visit and meetings with KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) civic authorities. They also visited heritage sites in KZN, met with several tourism authorities and visited the International Convention Centre.
The Tourism Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.
It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products.
Held annually in Durban South Africa, the show brings together typically between 8,000 and 11,000 of Africa’s tourism leaders, policy makers, global buyers and travel media from across the world under one roof with the aim of promoting tourism as a means of economic growth and transformation on the African continent. INDABA is owned by South African Tourism.