CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has been listed as one of CNN’s international destinations which tourists planning vacations this year should consider for their holiday travel.
The listing is a boost to the country’s tourism profile because CNN Travel remains a leading authority in providing guidance and recommendations on top and safe tourist destinations worldwide.
Published on Thursday, the new listing is also significant in that travel remains restricted in light of the threat of COVID-19.
The listing comes at a time when the West is entering the peak in holiday season and travellers are considering international journeys in view of increased coronavirus vaccinations.
This is contained in a statement by first secretary for press at the Zambian embassy in Washington DC, Eric Mwanza.
The listing can be a boost for Zambia, which has capacity to deal with COVID-19 testing requirements of the United States (US) government, and has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all travellers.
Other destinations on the CNN list include Antigua and Bermuda, Armenia, Barbados, Belize, Rwanda, Botswana, Dubai in the United Arab Emirate, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iceland, The Maldives, Morocco, and Seychelles.
CNN reported that despite 142 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and the pandemic still far from over, “many of us are now itching to make plans to travel or to reunite with loved ones”.
Zambia has managed to maintain relatively low coronavirus cases and fatalities due to a multisectoral response and efforts, including those led at presidential level.
The southern African country has recorded 91,251 cases of coronavirus as of yesterday, out of a population of about 17 million.
Of all the cases, 98 percent have recovered and the fatality rate has been about 7.5 per 100,000.
Added to the country’s proactive handling of COVID-19 cases, Government has rolled out a vaccine programme in one of Africa’s top tourist destinations.
The country also prides itself for its peace, democracy, a friendly people, and unmatched tourism spots.
Meanwhile, Zambia has been elected vice-president of the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
CRPD is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations (UN) which protects the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
As CRPD vice-president, Zambia will represent the African Group in New York in the Bureau of the Conference of State Parties for the period 2021-2022.
State parties to the CRPD are required to promote, protect, and ensure full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities.
CRPD serves as a major catalyst in the global disability rights movement, enabling a shift from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity or medical treatment and social protection to considering them as equal members of society.
The convention follows decades of work by the UN to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities.
This is according to a statement by first secretary for press at the Zambian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York Wallen Simwaka.
CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka