A senior Zambian government on Monday expressed optimism that the tourism industry will bounce back following the easing of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela said Zambia was certain that the sector, which has suffered negative effects caused by the disease, would start showing signs of recovery as countries ease travel restrictions.
The Zambian minister, who chaired the 63rd United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) Virtual Commission meeting, urged African countries to intensify and improve domestic tourism and regional tourism instead of relying on overseas tourists, according to a release.
Zambia, he said, upholds and prioritizes tourism as evidenced by the decision of President Edgar Lungu to reopen the Victoria Falls which was closed due to COVID-19 after noticing a slump in tourist visits.
The meeting was scheduled to take place in Seychelles but was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with member states agreeing to hold it virtually. Enditem