Israeli big destination Management Company, Eshet has expressed interest to commence charter flights to bring Israelis tourists directly to Zambia and Zambians to Israel for pilgrimage.
Speaking during a meeting with Zambian Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda in Tel Aviv, company President and Chief Executive Officer Kramer Ephraim, of Eshet tours is conducting charter flights to various destinations in Africa and the world as well as sending groups on regular flights.
Mr. Ephraim said Eshet would start sending tourism groups on regular commercial flights to Zambia directly as at the moment their clients travel to Zambia via South Africa and Zimbabwe then connect to Livingstone.
And Dr. Banda said the deal would benefit both parties as Zambia has a lot to offer as a tourism destination of choice such as safari, diverse waterfalls and adventure tourism.
Dr. Banda said the challenge has been opening up more connectivity to Zambia and that is the reason the Ministry is discussing with seasoned and established tour companies like Eshet tours to open up the sector.
He also also invited Eshet tours to the Zambia Travel Expo (ZATEX) scheduled to take place in April, 2019 and Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) would facilitate local logistics for media and travel agents that would attend ZATEX under Eshet Tours in order to appreciate the diverse nature of Zambia’s tourism offering.
Israel records about 7 million annual travels abroad out of a population of about 8.7 million people.
This is according to a statement issued to the media by Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe.