Zambia looks to America for Tourism support

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Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda (left) talking to Zimbabwe´s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi at Melia Castilla Hotel in Madrid, Spain. The two are representing their countries at the various high-level meetings with the UNWTO Secretariat and the Spanish government.-Picture by: SAKABILO KALEMBWE
Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda (left) talking to Zimbabwe´s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi at Melia Castilla Hotel in Madrid, Spain. The two are representing their countries at the various high-level meetings with the UNWTO Secretariat and the Spanish government.-Picture by: SAKABILO KALEMBWE
Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda says Zambia looks at America as a baby that need to be well natured in order to grow tourism.

Speaking when new American Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote paid a courtesy call on him at Kwacha House yesterday, the Minister said America is one of Zambia’s biggest tourism source markets only second to France.

He said there is great need to grow the bond of partnership between the two countries such as the reduction of illegal wildlife trade and poaching.

Mr. Banda said in line with these, it is important to have a multi-sectorial approach work with other cooperating partners considering that poachers and illegal wildlife are getting sophisticated by the day.

And Mr. Foote said his country is keen in assisting Zambia achieve economic diversification through tourism.

The diplomat said since coming to Zambia he has identified the sector as a more natural one and that he would like to take a lot of interest in learning what the country offers so that he finds ways America can help.

Ambassador Foote said he has mass experience in conservation efforts in his country and appreciates that there is need for him to visit different places to appreciate the landscapes and other incentives.

He said Zambia offers beautiful attractions that are better than many other places he visited.

This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday by Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe.

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  1. Looking up to the same country that calls you Sh!%,hole, you dull people called Zambians, Eish…..you are such a disappointment.

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    • These incompetent people will never learn anything. Stop focusing on the so called potential tourist countries and focus on your country. If you clean the country and beautify it, you don’t have to beg anyone to come visit you. If you own a motel and it’s dirty and full of roaches, it doesn’t matter how much advertising you do. People will still not come. For your information, tourists would rather go through Zimbabwe instead of Zambia to get to the Victoria Falls. Because they know that Zambia is the dirtiest country in the region. Invest in proper sanitation, not just cosmetic makeover you’re doing, trying to hoodwink the public. Clean the country up beautify it and you’ll see tourists start coming in droves from everywhere, not just America. If you don’t know how to do it,…

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  2. Which tourists would want to visit a cholera infested country with dirty shacks,pit latrines and disorganized vendors all over the place?
    Livingstone and Victoria falls aren’t immune to this menace either.

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    • Victoria Falls, The Gorge, Game Parks, Cruising the Zambezi is truly world class, sadly let down by absolutely no thought on how best to access these areas for the tourists or locals.If this the best that the Zambian tourist department can do then there is no hope or vision! Despite the difficult political situation in Zambabwae , the Zimbabwean side caters far better-why? Visas, offices , transparency, efficiency, safe walking trails, picnic areas, transport, guides, activities need seriously to be looked at. Not just the prospect of gun slinging Americans ( hopefully many do come to admire this
      Wonderful country,it’s people and it’s terrain that truly thunders!)

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  3. Zambia is a beautiful country. PLEASE STOP THE HUNTING OF THE BIG CAT’S! This what will kill our tourism.

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  4. Ambasodor , pleas the best way to help Zambia is to discourage lungu and his gang from extracting minerals in our game parks….PF and lungu are seriously entertaining the idea of mining in game parks…….this will be a disaster no matter what ecological friendly spin they try to cover the plan with……no. no.

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  5. Looking into this pic, I think the Zimbabwean Minister is certainly looking down on Charles Banda that our country is too careless with this industry.
    Bwana Minister, just get 10% of your Ministry’s budget allocation and use it to grade roads in the park, even once in 5 years then you will see a change in the face of tourism. We have the ZNS who can grade those access routes, and work on Jeki Airport in Lower Zambezi and upgrade those in Kafue national park and Luangwa National parks, this will enable movement of game scouts effective as they chase after poachers

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    • The LT is out of date with the Zim Tourism Minister Walter M. who was removed from that position in Nov and is currently in Prison for corruption and thief , google his name and read the entire story. The Zim tourism minister is a lady now. Whith Zim back up and running Zambia will be steam rolled by Zim, even last week Kenya Air advised a cut of 3 out of 4 flights from kenya to Capetown that use to stop in Livingstone, however 3 will continue to stop at Vic Fall Airport Zim, thus 1 flight a week will stop in Livingstone. Wake up Zambia

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  6. Our advanced neighbouring countries in this industry will have more than a single lesson to teach us. Despite its political situation Zimbabwe receives more tourists than Zambia.Botswana which is most expensive has tourists flooding more than they are in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. One rudimentary building block is that of policy coupled with grassroot comprehension of the industry ,caring and growing local investment other than Dependance on foreigners .There is a misconception by policy makers that this industry can only be run by foreigners successfully and to a remarkable extent this may be true up until policies promoting the resource owners to showcase their God given resources are in place. Is it not strange to realise that we still allow externalisation of profits without putting a…

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  7. “Speaking when new American Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote paid a courtesy call on him at Kwacha House yesterday, the Minister said America is one of Zambia’s biggest tourism source markets only second to France.”
    MR BANDA DOESN’T SEEM TO KNOW THE PROBLEM AMERICAN TOURISTS HAVE. TO CUT THE STORY SHORT- TOURISTS FROM THE USA CRY FOR A DIRECT FLIGHT TO ZAMBIA. WHILE IT IS NATURAL OR SEEMS TO BE NATURAL TO REINTRODUCE A DIRECT FLIGHT TO LONDON WHEN QZ RE-STARTS AND OPERATING INTERNATIONALLY, IT WOULD BE VERY WISE FOR THE FOR QZ TO IMPLEMENT DIRECT FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK, PARIS (FOR OBVIOUS TOURISM REASONS) AND PROBABLY LONDON (HEATHROW AIRPORT IS AN AIR TRANSPORT HUB OF THE WORLD). I HAVE MANY A MILLION TIMES READ US TOURISTS BECRYING OF A DIRECT FLIGHT TO ZAMBIA.

    “The diplomat said…

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  8. “The diplomat said since coming to Zambia he has identified the sector as a more natural one and that he would like to take a lot of interest in learning what the country offers so that he finds ways America can help.”
    AMERICANS DO NOT NEED TO HELP ZAMBIA IN ORDER FOR ZAMBIA TO IMPROVE THE TOURIST TURN-OVER. ZAMBIA NEEDS TO HELP AMERICAN TOURISTS BY WAY OF INTRODUCING A DIRECT FLIGHT TO LUSAKA IN ORDER FOR ZAMBIA TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN TOURISTS MORE THAN 100 FOLDS. THE SAME THING APPLIES TO THE SECOND ZAMBIA’S TOURISTS- THE FRENCH PEOPLE. INTRODUCE A DIRECT FLIGHT TO PARIS. THIS IS A NO BRAINER.

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  9. Am not in prison Cosmos, neither am I corrupt nor a thief until the Courts pass a verdict. There are many innocent people in jail and if I end up there I would be one of them. Notwithstanding, my legacy as Tourism Minister speaks for itself and am sure when you Google as yu suggest you will also come across many good stories including joint projects with Zambia which I championed. I am restrained by subjudice laws to comment any further on my case, but I hope to do so soon in the future after this madness is over.

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