The Ministry of Tourism and Arts has today launched Statutory Instrument SI no. 14 of 20018 on accommodation and standards.
The main objective of the SI is to establish and improve standards in the accommodation subsector by ensuring that all accommodation facilities are registered and meet the minimum requirements and are subsequently graded.
Speaking during the launch in Lusaka today, Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda said this will promote efficient service delivery and enhance the quality of tourism products and services.
Mr. Banda stated that the SI being launched is a culmination of extensive consultations and preparations that have gone on for the past few years in the quest to put in place a system that will stand the test of time.
He said the SI will serve as an effective marketing tool for promoting Zambia as a tourism destination of choice.
Mr. Banda said although they are launching the SI today, it is gratifying to know that the Zambia Tourism Agency hit the ground running since the grading system was transferred to them in late 2016.
He said the Tourism and Hospitality regulations 2018, is repealing and replacing the classification and grading system that was developed between 2008/2009 as well as the hotels Regulations Statutory Instrument no.21 of 1983.
Mr. Banda explained that the SI should have been effected in 2012 but was not implemented to due to some challenges that the ministry faced.
He pointed out that this is the more reason why the function of grading accommodation establishments has now been transferred to the Zambia Tourism Agency.
Speaking earlier Zambia Tourism Agency Chief Executive Officer, Felix Chaila said the initial focus of the ZTA will be to grade accommodation establishments.
Mr. Chaila said the SI has accommodated a broader scope in terms of the type of accommodation establishments which will be graded to include not only hotels, but also all other categories of accommodation establishments.