The resort town of Victoria Falls is expected to see a continued increase in tourist arrivals as it is now benefiting directly from the Kavango- Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), whose website markets the member countries including Zimbabwe under one package.
Being a member of the Kavango- Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area has helped the country gain positive publicity through joint marketing of Zimbabwe with other member states; Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Angola to millions of people wishing to visit Southern Africa.
The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Cde Francis Nhema said this development is expected to increase hotel occupancy and attract foreign airlines into the region due to an attractive package.
He added that the KAZA TFCA will bring more tourists into the country through the univisa system which allows tourists visiting one member state to visit other member countries without a visa.
â€œBy Univisa, we mean that once you are in Kasane, you in Vic Falls and you are in Katima Mulilo, there will be no borders anymore,â€ said Cde Nhema.
Responding to questions that the distribution of resources by the donor community appear to be specific to some member countries, Cde Nhema said most of the donors are from Europe and America which put the country under sanctions, adding that the KAZA TFCA has been set up in a way that resources donated to one country directly benefit all member states.
â€œBut what is important is that the money which is coming through KAZA is no longer personalised in countries. The office in Kasane is being funded by the Germans but all of us are going to benefit though in their own indication they refer to it as a donation to those whom they feel are friendlier to them than us,â€ he added.
The KAZA TFCA offers hundreds of species of wild fauna and flora across 8 million hectares of land that covers Hwange and Victoria Falls National Parks as well as other wildlife areas in Matabeleland North Province.
This facility has also been seen to provide Zimbabwe and Zambia with a competitive advantage over other contenders in their bid to co-host the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.