By Luckmore Safuli
THE tourism industry is optimistic that the launch of the 260 million United States dollar Kazungula Bridge will boost tourism in the region and enhance the attractiveness of Kavango-Zambezi Trans frontier Conservation Area as a tourism destination.
Known by some as ‘Africa’s Eden,’ largely due to unique and breath-taking attractions which include the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area -KAZA-TFCA got a major boost with the launch of the Kazungula Bridge.
Speaking to ZBC News Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) Victoria Falls Chairperson Mr Anald Musonza noted that players in the local tourism sector are convinced the project will result in the region being a more accessible and attractive tourism destination.
One of the things that we aspire to have in the KAZA region is access and connectivity of members states and l think this bridge helps in that it gives access meaning that tourism flow will be improved. We also have the KAZA Univisa and this also speaks to the idea of having people moving freely within the region, he said.
Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe President Mr Wengai Nhau also touched on the benefits brought by the Kazungula Bridge.
We call it the golden triangle (Kazungula area), and by having the bridge, across the Zambezi River it means the golden triangle is now fully connected by the easiest means of transport which is the road as opposed to the past where people had to use boats to cross, said Nhau.
Having launched the KAZA Univisa project to facilitate seamless travel of tourists between Zimbabwe and Zambia, KAZA Secretariat is in the process of engaging Botswana, Angola and Namibia to join the initiative in order to provide greater convenience to tourists who visit the region..
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