Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017
Zambia’s premier holiday resort Victoria Falls have started witnessing a higher footfall in tourist arrivals after the re-introduction of the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Uni-Visa in December last year, according to an official.
This Uni-Visa permits tourists to reside in Zimbabwe or Zambia or both these nations for up to 30 days for a single payment of nearly $50.
The Uni-Visa is also beneficial for the tourists who are eager to enter Botswana for day-trips through the Kazungula border post. Barbara Murasranwa who is the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism representative for Matabeleland North said that ever since the re-launching of this special visa on this part of the world, the tourist arrivals have risen by at least 15%.
She added that the tourist arrivals to this region had slumped prior to the introduction of the Uni-Visa but then currently it has shot up by 15% .
This is because now the tourists can arrive in Zambia and easily proceed to Zimbabwe after paying just $50 and moreover they can still be capable of going back to Zambia without confronting with any issues for a month.
The Uni-Visa had been first launched here during the 2014 United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly that was co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia. But this had actually collapsed in the year 2015 due to legal and logistical reasons.
Following the general assembly, the two nations had piloted this regime for several months with the aim to roll put this policy to as many as five countries in the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area to promote tourism.
The five nations are Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Namibia.
This facelift has in fact raised the passenger handling capacity to 1.5 million per year, up from 500,000.