Cape Town - The Kaza uni-visa, which allows visitors from 40 countries to travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia using the same document, has been reinstated after initially being put on hold towards the end of December.
This was due to Zambia running out of the required stamps, Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism Dr Walter Mzembi said.
Mzembi, speaking at the relaunch of Somalisa in Hwange National Park and former home to famous Cecil the Lion, said the uni-visa, initially sponsored by World Bank, will now be extending to other regions such as Namibia, Botswana and Uganda in the second phase, with the final third phase looking to include all SADC countries hopefully by the end of 2018.
Mzembi said he was optimistic about 2016 going forward as his country works to maximise the economic sector of tourism, which overtook the likes of mining and agriculture in 2015 to pass the 1 billion dollar revenue mark.
Mzembi also toted the successful completion of the Victoria Falls International Airport, which will be officially launched in April 2016. The airport was upgraded at a cost of $150m (about R2.4bn at R16.17/$) upgrade.
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Mzembi also said he was aware of the specific challenges for South Africans with the weaking rand against the dollar and that Zimbabwe wold be looking at examining the situation and ways to incentivise its our operators into accepting it again.
"We are one nation, one block and I would like to increase our integration with the republic going forward."
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Disclaimer - Traveller24 Editor Selene Brophy was hosted by African Bush Camps for the re-opening of the Somalisa Camp.