Masauso Mkwayaya


Government says it is working at making the Kazungula Border between Zambia and Botswana to be a non-stop border for free movement of tourists between the two countries.

Speaking when he closed a week-long training for frontline staff dubbed -Livingstone Cohort 1, organized by the Zambia Institute for Tourism and
Hospitality Studies -ZITHIS- at Avani Resort in Livingstone, Tourism Minister RODNEY SIKUMBA said Government is making every effort to make tourist numbers count into economic benefits for the people.

Mr. SIKUMBA has called on tourism operators to stop the spirit of competing but to collaborate in creating a conducive environment for tourists in the quest to improve visitor experience to Livingstone and destination Zambia.

Mr. SIKUMBA said the non-stop border which is an initiative of Government through the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry working with Ministry of Finance in National Development Planning will benefits the tourism sector and attract more visitors

And Livingstone Tourism Association Chairperson TERESSA LERMER said the training given to the various players in the tourism capital will improve customer service experience thereby increasing the demand for the destination.

Ms. LERMER said the people of Livingstone are already receptive but that with more training, the tourist will be treated to a better service and experience.

Meanwhile, ZITHIS Governing Council Chairperson MULEMWA MOONGWA expressed happiness that border officers participated and represented
their peers, representing 70-percent of the target audience.

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