Published on : Thursday, June 5, 2014
Zambia has partnered with Seychelles in promoting tourism to the country. This initiative was taken by the Zambian tourism Minister Jean Kapata and Seychelles foreign affairs minister Jean-Paul Adam who felt that the African countries must promote themselves as one destination instead of fragmenting themselves as different countries.
There is a lot to learn from Seychelles about festival organization said Minister Kapata and he said that there will be a lot done to strengthen bi-lateral cooperation between the two countries.
“Tourism products in Seychelles and Zambia complement each other; Seychelles offers ‘beach and sun’ while Zambia provides ‘wildlife and adventure encounters.’ My ministry will consider the possibility of sending a team to Seychelles for a training programme,” said Kapata according to a press release issued by Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) public relations and media manager, Caristo Chitamfya.
“…Africa should learn from the Caribbean model by selling Africa as one destination that offers unique products and experiences in different countries. The pyramids in Egypt, beach and sunshine in Seychelles and wildlife in Zambia are a marketing package that would attract a lot of foreign tourists such as the high-income Chinese travellers,” he said.
There were talks of introducing ‘a flight a day’ from Zambia and Seychelles, but the 1980 Bilateral Essence Agreement with the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority will have to be reviewed. Seychelles can persuade Emirates to extend their flight service to Zambia once an agreement is reached between the two countries.