Tourist inflows to parks increase

ZAMBIA’S tourist inflows to national parks increased from about 82,000 in 2014 to about 89,000 in 2015, representing 8.2 percent increase.
The four parks that contributed to the 89,000 visits in the period under review included South Luangwa, Kafue, Lower Zambezi and Mosi-oa-Tunya national parks.
A latest report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation shows that tourists travelling around the world in 2015 increased to 1,184 million, representing a 4.4 percent growth compared to 1,134 million recorded in 2014.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ministry of Tourism and Arts public relations officer Sakabilo Kalembwe also said that the number of tourists that visited the national museums increased to 90,351 in 2015, representing an increase of 8.9 percent from 82,943 recorded in 2014.
Mr Kalembwe said domestic tourists accounted for 90 percent of the total visitors to the museums while international tourists accounted for 10 percent.
“The total number of tourist visits to the five national parks, inclusive Lusaka Park, was 101, 972. Comparatively, of the four major national parks namely South Luangwa, Kafue, Lower Zambezi and Mosi-oa-Tunya; tourist visits still increased from 81,962 in 2014 to 88,707 in 2015 representing 8.2 percent increase when adjusted without Lusaka Park figures.
“South Luangwa National Park had the highest number of tourists at 43,653 while Lower Zambezi National Park recorded the least tourists at 9,011,” he said.
Mr Kalembwe, however, said that Zambia has recorded a drop of 1.6 percent in the number of tourists that visited the country from about 947,000 in 2014 to about 932,000 in 2015 due to various factors.
He said of the 931,782 international arrivals that visited Zambia, 710,062 were from Africa.
“From Africa, Zambia recorded 710,062 tourists arrivals accounting for 76.2 percent of total international tourist arrivals followed by Europe at 88,554 representing 9.5 percent, America 5.3 percent, Asia 7.7 percent while Australia contributed 1.3 percent to the total arrivals,” Mr Kalembwe said.

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