JOINT #TOURISM #FACILITATION KEY TO SUCCESS AS ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIA GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
(Posted 14th June 2018)
As was reported here last month have the two countries agreed to set up a joint tourism facilitation committee when representatives held a bilateral meeting in Livingstone, Zambia with a view to strengthen collaboration in tourism development and promotion and to identify and remove bottlenecks for their respective tourism private sectors.
As a follow up to that meeting did members of the Livingstone and Victoria Falls Joint Tourism Facilitation Sub-Committee recently met to table their respective issues affecting smooth cross border operations.
The sub-committee’s co-chairperson, Ms. Tsikadzashe Mberi described the meeting as a success when she reportedly said: ‘The meeting was very productive with parties agreeing on a number of issues which were under discussion. The overall goal is to ensure that tourists enjoy seamless services. However, the contentious issue of toll fees for vehicles crossing Victoria Falls was referred to the Joint Tourism Technical Committee‘.
Tour operators on both sides of the Zambezi River had raised their concern over the introduction of the toll fees for vehicles crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge which they said is likely to increase the prices of tourism packages but also on a range of other issues making their operations unnecessarily complicated.
All the issues discussed at the subcommittee meeting are set to be tabled during the forthcoming full Joint Tourism Technical Committee meeting which has been scheduled for the 18th of June in Harare.