Tourism Minister, Ronald Chitotela says the tourism sector in Zambia has seen an increased loss of over US$6 million resulting in cancellations of tourists’ planned visits.
Mr. Chitotela says Eastern province is the most affected, with losses amounting to over US$3 million.
Speaking during a joint media briefing with Ministers of Community Development and Sports, the Tourism Minister reiterated the need for tourists to stay at home during the period of the pandemic.
Mr. Chitotela said 9 of the 12 German tourists, who were stranded in the country after being denied passage by the South African Government, will fly out of the country this afternoon aboard Ethiopia Airlines via London to Frankfurt, Germany.
He said the remaining three will fly out on Saturday via Ethiopia to Frankfurt Germany.
And Community Development Minister, Kampamba Chewe said the Ministry has started mobilising the vulnerable who beg on the streets such as the blind and the disabled so that they can go back to their homes.
Mrs. Chewe said Government will tomorrow start distribution of food in their homes and has called on all people to partner with Government in this venture.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister Emmanuel Mulenga said his Ministry has been conducting a head count of street children with the aim of relocating them to orphanages.
Mr. Mulenga said government intends to rid the streets of children and that it will provide necessities such as food to the orphanages that will host the children.