Zambia is looking to Barbados for assistance in developing its 10-year-old tourism product.
Zambia???s Ambassador Bobby Samakai made this known today during a courtesy call on Acting Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, at the Ministry, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Ambassador Samakai told Senator Sandiford-Garner that officials from his country???s tourism office wanted to visit Barbados to identify the gaps and to benefit from this island???s expertise.
He explained that tourism was one of Zambia???s top priorities, with Europe and America being its main source markets, and new prospects coming from the Caribbean. Ambassador Samaka said they were also trying to encourage more Africans to spend their vacation at home to boost their local tourism industry.
Noting that the Victoria Falls, bird sanctuary, game reserves and walking safaris were among the country???s top attractions for visitors, the Ambassador stated that his country could assist Barbados with its agricultural sector.
The Ambassador also gave the assurance that his country would resume discussions to strengthen relations between the two countries.
This was welcomed by Senator Sandiford-Garner, who said that Barbados would provide any necessary assistance with developing Zambia???s tourism product.
???It is an important aspect of our development to find out more about Africa. ???Your visit is timely and we will ensure that what you need in terms of our knowledge base and experience in tourism is at your disposal so that we can share information,??? she said, noting that Zambia had a rich cultural history.
The Senator added that any information and assistance which Zambia could provide to Barbados on agriculture would be of great benefit to the island.
Barbados and Zambia established diplomatic relations in 1971.