Zimbabwe has hailed the positive impact that the Kavango-Zambezi KAZA UniVisa scheme continues to make on the tourism sector and is upbeat the other remaining three counties will soon join the initiative.

Arrivals into the country’s premier tourist destination Victoria Falls continue to surge with the UniVisa system between Zambia and Zimbabwe one of the major contributing factors.

Despite the challenges faced during the initial stages, the government said it is pleased with the effectiveness of the system and the impact that the project has had on the tourism sector.

Home Affairs and Culture Minister Dr Obert Mpofu said Zimbabwe and Zambia are hopeful that the other regional countries will soon join the initiative which is expected to the promote tourism within SADC.

“We are excited about the positive impact that the KAZA UniVisa system has had on the domestic travel and tourism industry. We are ready for the other members of KAZA to come on board,” he said.

Zimbabwe and Zambia are currently implementing the pilot KAZA UniVisa system which allows visitors to stay in either countries for up to 30 days for a single payment of $50.

Presentations on the lessons learnt have already been made to the other three KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area members namely Angola, Botswana and Namibia.