The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development has applauded the improvement in the clearance time of tourists at the Victoria Falls International Airport but called for the full computerisation of the visa section.

The move by the Immigration Department to beef up its staff at the Victoria Falls International Airport has ensured smooth movement of tourists who in the past raised concern over delays in processes.

According to the department, all the 10 counters are now being manned and the average clearance time per person has gone down to about two minutes.

Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development Chairperson, Cde Dexter Nduna said the committee is pleased with improvements in clearance time but however stressed the urgent need to computerise the visa section.

With annual passenger arrivals still below the 500 000 mark, the committee said there is need for aggressive marketing to lure more airlines in order to ensure that the country can reach the targeted 1.5 million passengers per annum for Victoria Falls International Airport.