NEW YORK -- Zambia reopened its tourist office in New York after a
five-year hiatus in the U.S.
Patrick Kalifungwa, minister of tourism, said U.S. arrivals to
Zambia increased at an average 9% rate in the last three years,
reaching 34,681 in 2003, and accounting for 7% of total tourist
He said that, with the opening of the tourist office, Zambia
aims to double the traffic in a year or "maybe even triple it."
Kalifungwa said the government, after "neglecting tourism in the
past," is refocusing on tourism -- and agriculture, too -- as it
has seen copper, formerly a top income producer, diminish in
How will the government encourage agents and tour operators to
"A whole lot of educational trips," said Charity Chandra Lumpa,
managing director of the Zambia National Tourist Board in
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