The Department of Immigration says it has prioritised the realisation of a vibrant tourism industry by facilitating smooth movement of tourists at the ports of entry and has put in place measures to address delays which were being encountered.

The Department of Immigration which has recently been given a green light by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to deploy additional officers at the new look Victoria Falls International Airport is confident the delays which were being encountered will certainly become a thing of the past.

Immigration Department director, Mr Clemence Masango said the authority is aware of the role it is set to play in promoting tourism in the tourist destination and has since deployed additional staff at Victoria Falls International Airport which will see all the 10 counters at the port of entry being manned.

Apart from Victoria Falls International Airport, the Department of Immigration said it has also placed attention on improving services at Kazungula border post.

The department which has attributed to the recent border delays to the suspension of 18 officers for act of misconduct has also stressed the need for cooperation among travel and tourism industry players in addressing bottlenecks facing the industry.

The upgraded US$150 million Victoria Falls International Airport continues to witness increases in daily arrivals with calls for concerned stakeholders including the hospitality industry to enhance their capacity in order to cope with the surge in arrivals.