The Zambia Tourism Authority (ZTA) announced that there would be no VISA requirements for the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Norway, Australia, China, South Korea, Gulf Estates and the European Union.
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Tourism is the country’s fastest-growing economic sector, contributing US$1.8 billion last year, and rightly so offers many opportunities to invest in its rich local communities –furthermore creating employment opportunities for women and young people.
Africa’s unique history and natural wonders are gaining attention amid the local and global increase in cultural, heritage and development tourism. Several African countries present tremendous promise to become or remain vibrant hosts for tourists, investors, and entrepreneurs, which can drive employment for low-skilled workers and economic inclusion for women and youth.
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Furthermore, policymakers were also advised to unlock the competitiveness and ease of doing business in the tourism sector with the development of infrastructure, including for road, air, and water transport, as well as the simplification of visa requirements and administrative processes.
Three years down the line, Zambia has removed visa requirements for the European Union, China, and the United States of America, among other lucrative global tourism markets, in a bid to revive the tourism sector negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Zambia already has a no-visa policy for most African countries.
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The country has some unique landmarks, including the gorge swing in Livingstone, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Mwela Rocks in Kasama, Mukuni village in Livingstone and The Moto Moto museum and WWI graves in Mbala, to name but a few.
According to Outlook Travel, Zambia has unrivalled wildlife offerings. The world’s biggest mammal migration takes place in Zambia at the Kasanka National Park, when more than 10 million fruit-eating bats converge from October to December annually; the wildebeest migration in Liuwa National Park also attracts tourists. The Thornicroft giraffe can only be found in Zambia in South Luangwa National Park.