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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Livingstone records increase in tourist arrivals for 2018

Livingstone recorded an increase in tourist arrivals for the year 2018 with over 250, 000 tourists having visited the city.
Acting Regional Tourism Development and Research Officer for South-West region, Gilpin Sikate said Livingstone had recorded a total number of 250,182 tourist visits from January to November 2018 as compared to 183,480 visits recorded in 2017.
In response to a press query to ZANIS in Livingstone, Mr. Sikate said the tourists visited various sites, and popular among them was the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the National Museum and the Victoria Falls.
He said the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park recorded a total of 18,883 tourist visits, while the National Museum received 29,478 visits and the Victoria Falls had a total of 201,821 visits during the period under review.
Mr. Sikate however, noted that in 2017, the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park had 21,945 international visitors; the National Museum recorded 28,171 and the Victoria Falls had 133,364 visitors.
“The statistics also indicate that the National Park recorded a decrease in domestic visitors in 2018 with only 8,859 visiting the tourist site as compared to 11,615 in 2017,” he said.
Mr. Sikate attributed the overall increase in the number of international tourist arrivals to marketing efforts and tourism product development within Livingstone by the Ministry of Tourism.

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