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Zambia Tourism Agency extends licensing renew period

Zambia Tourism Agency extends licensing renew period

Olive branch for payment extended to January 31

The enactment of the Tourism and Hospitality Act No. 13 has given the Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) the mandate to perform the role of Tourism Industry Regulator which includes: inspections, grading, classification, licensing, and enforcement. The structure for the licensing function is already in place, and the licensing of tourism enterprises has already started.

ZTA Chief Executive Officer Felix Chaila explained the purpose of the new function in an interview. He said: “Our new mandate is about setting standards. It stems from a realization that we cannot reach higher heights in the promotion of tourism if our industry does not set minimum standards. It’s about benchmarking ourselves against our competitors in the region and beyond. From the response we have received so far, I am positive that the Zambian tourism industry is with us in delivering on this important mandate.”

The renew period for 2017 licenses was to end on December 31, 2016, however, in recognition of some mitigating factors, this period has been extended to January 31, 2017. Application forms may be downloaded from ZTA’s website or picked up from the Ministry of Tourism and Arts regional offices in Ndola and Kasama.

The tourism license fee is not payable directly to ZTA, but should instead be deposited in a ZANACO bank account. ZTA will only receive the proof of payment in the form of a deposit slip. For more information, visit www.zambia.travel.

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