“There has been a big spike in tourists from India to Zambia”
Mr Bangwe Naviley Chisenga, First Secretary, Press and Tourism, High Commission of the Republic of Zambia, speaks to India Empire Magazine’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty at the High Commission in New Delhi
Mr Bangwe Naviley Chisenga, First Secretary,
Press and Tourism, High Commission of the Republic of Zambia
Zambia is blessed with spectacular waterfalls, none more impressive than the famous Victoria Falls. Are Indians showing more interest in discovering these famous falls?
Yes, a lot of Indians are interested in Zambia. As recorded by the Mission, as of September 2018, 200 tourists visited Zambia from India. These exclude the 200 who travelled as part of the Kolkata Club, and those who obtained online visas which pushes the number closer to 500 in the first half of the year 2018. In the year 2018, the Mission reached out to various stakeholders by disseminating information about Zambia. You should take note that our online visa is one of the easiest and user-friendly. The decision by the President of India H.E. Shri Ram Nath Kovind to visit Victoria Falls is a landmark achievement in India-Zambia tourism relations. The tourism section formed part of the delegation when President of India visited Livingstone to appreciate the Victoria Falls which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Mission took part in an International Kite Festival in Gujarat. At this function promotion of tourism material were distributed to enhance bilateral relations, effectively with various stakeholders in India and countries of extra accreditation. Also the Mission reached out to Kolkata where over 200 Indians through their Kolkata Club had planned to visit Zambia through tourism and this was done. Two hundred members of this Club went to Zambia. The HC also attended the first ever Goa and Lusaka Trade and Tourism Mission which saw 22 Indians travel to Zambia in the month of March 2018 due to joint efforts with BNI.