By NANCY MWAPE
FRANCE has commended Zambia for maintaining 50 years of peace and tranquillity.
Speaking in Dieppe city in France during the opening of the annual tourism fair expo, Normandie deputy mayor Lucien Lecanu said Zambia is expected to attract more tourists and investors due to its peace.
This is according to a statement issued by Zambiaâ€™s Tourism and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) liaison officer in Paris, Percy Ngwira.
Zambia was invited as a guest African country to exhibit at the tourism fair expo as part of the commemoration of the golden jubilee independence anniversary celebrations.
â€œAs the city of Dieppe, we are greatly honoured to have you in our city, Zambia represents peace and tranquillity in Africa. I am told by the organisers that this is the more reason why you were invited to come and be the guest country at this yearâ€™s event,â€ Mr Lecanu said.
He commended Zambia for celebrating 50 years of independence without any war or political turmoil.
Mr Lecanu said French tourists like to travel to places where there is peace.
â€œI also have no doubt that many French people will get to know more about Zambia and invest in your country.
â€œLooking around your stand, I am sure more people will soon travel to Zambia, you have potential by what you have shown here today,â€ he said.
Speaking at the same event, Charge Dâ€™Affaires at Zambiaâ€™s embassy in Paris, Philomena Kachesa, thanked Mr Lecanu and the organisers of the tourism fair expo for inviting Zambia as a guest country.
Ms Kachesa said Zambia has remained a united and peaceful country and will this year celebrate 50 years of independence, peace, tranquillity and tolerance towards each other.
â€œYour Worship, on behalf of the Zambian government and indeed all Zambians, I would like to thank you for welcoming us to your city and providing us with this opportunity to market our tourism and investment potential,â€ Ms Kachesa said.
She also thanked the organisers for providing the stand with all the necessary facilities for Zambia to exhibit its tourism and investment potential.
Ms Kachesa said the Zambian stand received many visitors who sought information about Zambia while others expressed sadness that there is no tour operator for them to book their safari tours.
â€œMany visitors expressed great interest to visit Zambia as it is not well known in the south of France,â€ She said.
Other notable visitors to the Zambian stand included the immediate past French Ambassador to Zambia Mariennick Bourdin and an organisation that will be bringing 20 children on a tour to Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.
By NANCY MWAPE