Tourism founds have been allocated to the private sector of the tourism industry but unfortunately the funds are not being utilized. The funds can be used to develop the infrastructure of the country in terms of tourism sites but it seems it is not yet being put into action. ‘
The Mister Sylvia Masebo explained that “ The facilities could also enable the sector to develop its products , research and training”. She also explained that during the review of the final draft of the tourism policy document that the introduction of the tourism development fund for the 2014 budget will facilitate long-term sustainability of the industry.
The funds will be allocated to the Tourism and Development fund which will give more weight to the tourism and hospitality act which insists that research ,training and development should be promoted to help improve development.
Ms Masebo held talks with the private sector on the modalities of the tourism levy.
She explained that the ministry had established the Tourism development credit facility which had been transferred to the citizen economic empowerment commission (CEEC).” We are however , still responsible for administering repayments for disbursements made before transfer of the facility, “Ms Masebo.
From the eyes of a traveler’s perspective they would be able to see that they there is not a lot of activities going on as the tourism infrastructure is not there. The demand to improve the tourism infrastructure, gives tourists more of a reason to stay , it increase arrival status and creates a fun and buzzing atmosphere for potential tourists .
“It is also important to make Zambia an exciting and growing destination that realizes its full potential and rewards the tourists with unique authentic and treasured experiences, Ms Masebo had explained.
“ In this state of unrealized potential , the role of the tourism policy document, once adopted will enable us during the implementation process to realize the full potential of Zambian tourism” she said
The document should whiled a great deal of influence over people to make them feel compelled to initiate the funds explained Ms Masebo.
Source: Mulikelea,M.(2013).Zambia; Take advantage of Tourism fund-Masebo.Retrived on Monday 16th December 2013 from http://allafrica.com/stories/201312160456.html