Holidays to Zambia simply cannot refuse to take in the beauty of Victoria Falls – officially regarded the largest waterfall in the world – and the attraction’s surrounds have just received an upgrade in preparation for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly.
The presence of the UNWTO meet, which will take place this weekend, has ensured that Livingstone – the tourism town serving the falls – has received K6 million of funding including the erection of an 800m steel fence between the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Sun Hotel, the establishment of a contemporary curio market, the installation of modern lavatories and the improvement of walkways.
Given the Zambian government have released as much as K6 million for the upgrade, this clearly signals that the country are still focused upon maximising profit and economic growth around their key tourism asset that attracts visitors from around the globe.
Partly involved in the rehabilitation, the National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) took great pride and revelled in their finished work and executive director, Collins Chipote stated “Among the works carried out include rehabilitation and paving of three car parks, improvement of information through interpretation panels and information signage.”
Located on the doorstep of Livingstone, officials have urged locals, as well as international travellers, to frequently visit the falls while taking greater care with the recently upgraded facilities.
Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Professor Nkandu Luo noted that Zambia as a country is “Good at construction but since we’re also good at destruction,” in light of taking extra care of the newly invested amenities that also include an information centre for both tourism and educational purposes.