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Minister Wants Good Tourism Partnerships

Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela has said his Ministry will seize the opportunity of the visit to Zambia by 10,000 black Americans in 2020 to create more investment in the tourism sector.

And Hon. Chitotela has said Government wants the best partnership deal for Kafue National Park; better than that which was signed for Bangweulu and Liuwa National Parks to benefit the treasury, local communities and all citizens.

Speaking at his office when United States of America (US) Ambassador Daniel Foote paid a courtesy call on him, the Minister said his Ministry wants to take the Americans returning to Africa to all parts of the country so that they see where the best opportunities lie in terms of tourism investment.

He said according to the Economic Association of Zambia who are organisers of the program, the first activities are expected in about June to July 2020 followed by a bigger conference on 4th December 2020 to 4 January, 2021.

The Pambashe Lawmaker also said investments in tourism should be of benefit to both the investors and local communities hence the need to get the best deal from the Kafue National Park.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Foote said the US Embassy wants continued and strengthened partnerships that will help conservation efforts and increase American tourist arrivals into Zambia.

He said there are already 40,000 Americans visiting the country each year but that can
be increased with good partnership.

Mr. Foote said the Zambian national parks landscapes are beautiful and many US
citizens would appreciate some of the tourism activities like angling and safari
experiences.

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