Zim, Zambia re-introduce KAZA univisa regime PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 December 2016 20:15

Zimbabwe and Zambia have re-launched the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) univisa regime with expectations that the re-introduction of the regime will boost tourism industries on both sides of the Zambezi river.

The KAZA project was suspended in 2015.

The re-launch event which took place in Livingstone, Zambia on Friday the 21st of December was graced by government officials as well as tourism authorities from both countries.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Mr Karikoga Kaseke is confident the re-launch of the initiative will have a positive impact on the domestic tourism industry and highlighted the need for the region to demonstrate commitment towards the realisation of the SADC Univisa.

Tourism authorities from the two countries indicated that the suspension of the univisa system which was introduced during the UNWTO General Assembly which was co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia had negatively impacted on the performance of the tourism industry.

Simplification of visa systems has been identified as critical in boosting the regional tourism industry.

The SADC protocol on the development of tourism is clear on the need to make entry and travel of visitors as smooth as possible among member states.

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