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The Government of Zambia has identified tourism, including arts and culture as one of the priority growth sectors of the national economy. The tourism sector holds the potential to be a major contribu [ ... ]

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Government together with Business Regulatory Review Agency will reduce the cost of doing business and unnecessary bureaucracies in the Tourism Sector, by establishing and operationalize a Single Lic [ ... ]

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ZAMBIA 2018 INVESTMENT ROAD MAP:Recognising the Potential Giving our Visitors a Unique African Experience.

The Government of Zambia has identified tourism, including arts and culture as one of the priority growth sectors of the national economy. The tourism sector holds the potential to be a major contributor to socioeconomic development as an important source of jobs, wealth, and competitiveness, particularly in the country’s rural areas and holds major linkages to various other sectors of the economy. As an industry, tourism in Zambia offers large opportunities for a return on investment in infrastructure development, hotel management, tour operations and the meetings, incentives and conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sub-sectors. Zambia’s key assets include pristine and largely untouched national parks and game management areas, home to a great diversity of flora and fauna. Zambia stands out as one of the prime tourism destinations in Africa offering a wealth of natural tourism assets – waterfalls, lakes and rivers holding close to 35% of Southern Africa’s total natural water resources, wildlife protected areas’ occupying about 10% of the country’s total land area, and a sub-tropical climate – a passport to sunshine almost throughout the year.

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TOURISM AND ARTS:PILLAR NUMBER ONE UNDER ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION AND JOB CREATION.

Government together with Business Regulatory Review Agency will reduce the cost of doing business and unnecessary bureaucracies in the Tourism Sector, by establishing and operationalize a Single Licensing System.

2018 will also see infrastructure development, the Government will through an integrated approach, prioritize major roads, bridges and air strips leading to tourism destinations. Further, Government will facilitate development of requisite infrastructure to ease access to tourist sites, rehabilitate heritage sites and strengthen wildlife protection. This means more Jobs for the women and the youths, more business opportunities and poverty reduction. This is according to the 2018 Budget Address by Minister of Finance Hon. Felix C. Mutati, MP.

 

Tourism Minister Inaugurates 8 Museum Board Members

Tourism Minister Inaugurates 8 Museum Board Members

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Charles Banda has inaugurated and implored new board members of National Museums Board to interrogate different ways of generating revenue to the Board.

Speaking this morning when he inaugurated eight board members, who include Professor Francis Musonda, Professor Bizeck Phiri, Dr. Liya Mutale, Mrs Fearless Hatontola, Ms Gertrude Ngenda, Mrs Yihemba Chirwa, Mr Nedson Nzowa and Mr Flexon Mizingathe Minister said the board need to to settle down to work as quickly as possible.

He said there is need to catch up on what has happened in the last five years when there was no board.

Hon. Banda urged the members to accelerate the existing programmes and projects.

He urged members to work closely with management to address the challenge of funding to the Board by engaging Government and other cooperating partners. The issue of funding to the museum has been on our agenda for years now.
The Minister said President Edgar Chagwa Lungu had Initiated The Cooperation Between The National Museums and the National Museum of Natural history [Museum National D’histoire Daturelle in France].

He said the engagement of the Government of French Republic culminated into the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the national museums board and the national museum of natural history ON 8TH FEBRUARY 2016, which occasion he witnessed in Paris.

The Minister emphasised the urgent need to preserve Zambia’s biodiversity for the benefit of its present and future generations through the establishment of a museum of natural history in Lusaka.

Hon Banda said he hoped that the Board will make progress in the establishment of the Natural History Museum.

He added that there is the proposed Museum of Science and Technology in Ndola, which has been on the museum programme for many years. We should make progress on this project.

Tourism Minister Inaugurates 11 ZTA Board Members

Tourism Minister Inaugurates 11 ZTA Board Members

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Charles Banda has said his Ministry has so far realized more than K5m against the K11m target that was set per year in March 2017 from Tourism Levy.

And the Minister has called on the newly inaugurated Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) Board to be creative and find alternative means to complement funding for tourism marketing.

Speaking this when he inaugurated an 11-member board at Petroda House this morning, Hon. Banda said Tourism Levy’s performance so far has proven that that the set target will be met.

He said the K5m was cash in hands and could be used for purposes of improving the tourism sector especially marketing.

The Minister said the Government was aware that currently the level of funding for tourism marketing was below that of most competitors neighbouring countries and that the Government has started addressing the problem.

Hon. Banda said one of the commitment to this the Tourism Development Fund in initiative.
The Minister said, as a matter of urgency there is need to gain a share of the regional tourism market.

Hon. Banda emphasized the need to cross the one million tourism arrivals per year mark.

Those inaugurated include Mr. Peter C. Jones, Dr. Liya Mutale, Dr. Chileshe Mulenga, Mrs Pamela Chibonga Kabamba, Mr. Amos Malupenga, Mrs Senkwe Annie Nsendukula Chungu, Mrs Kashimbaya Saya, Mrs. Victoria Sombo, Mr. Evans Muhanga, Mr. Hamoonga Ntini and Dr. Wilson Silungwe.

Tourism Minister hopeful tourism will make meaningful contribution to achievement of the SDGs

Tourism Minister hopeful tourism will make meaningful contribution to achievement of the SDGs

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Charles Banda has said the setting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN) is a redirection of the enlightenment project, a pragmatic response to the problems of our times.
Speaking yesterday during the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly themed, Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals & Building Partnerships for Development in Chengdu, China the Minister said there is still need to ensure successful implementation of the SDGs within the tourism sector.

“As Zambia, we accept the fact that tourism is one important sector that will play a fundamental role in achieving the objectives of the 17 SGD’s.  Therefore, we are more than persuaded and hopeful that tourism can help in achieving the SDG’s in our country in the following five key areas; poverty reduction, environmental protection, promotion of trade and partnerships, promotion of peace and security and promotion of Sustainable tourism,” he said.
The Minister said the integration of developing countries into regional and global markets is a central theme in the SDGs. Specifically, SDG 17 on strengthening the global partnership for sustainable development contains a separate section on trade, including a commitment to promoting a “universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system” under the World Trade Organisation.
Hon Banda said with the commitment within the SDGs, Zambia is convinced that, tourism being one of the strongest drivers of world trade and prosperity representing 7% of all international trade and has an increasing relevance to the trade community will help us in achieving the overall objectives of the SDGs.
He noted that Tourism is part of services trade, accounting for 30% of the world’s trade in services. This is particularly true for the developing countries like ours, where it represents 7% of total exports of goods and services, a figure that stands at 10% for non-oil exporting developing countries
The Minister said Zambia as a country whose tourism development strategy is based on developing a tourism industry that is sustainable, there is no doubt that tourism will be a driving force towards our quest to achieving the SDGs.
He urged delegates and the UNWTO family to go out there and preach the message of hope for our sector with the SDGs.