Three hundred and thirty eight (338) Indians travelled to Zambia in the year 2019 as compared to two hundred and thirty seven (237) in the year 2018.
The figures could be attributed to President Edgar Lungu’s State Visit to India in August 2019 followed by Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela, to fortify the President’s call to promote tourism.
“The number can be more because others are not captured by the Mission as they apply online through Immigration Headquarters database in Zambia,” Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga said.
Mrs. Kapijimpanga said India’s Tata Communications Limited also sponsored 90 Indians that travelled to Livingstone on a tourism Mission in August 2019.
“Bombshell Indian famous Bollywood Actress and star of the 2014 romantic-drama ‘Heropanti’, Kriti Sanon, visited Zambia in July 2019 for an adventurous holiday where she interacted with cheetahs and visited the Victoria Falls,” she said.
The High Commissioner was speaking in an interview with Sandesh Television, Ahmedabad, Gujarat State in India, after attending the International Kite Festival and tour of an ancient water reservoir called Ran ki Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“Fourteen Zambians under the Zambia National Dance Troupe in February 2019 participated in the Surajkund International Mela in India sponsored by the Government of India,” she said.
The High Commissioner praised Zambian students in India such as those at Lovely Professional University, Sharda, Galgotias, Rayat Bahra, among others, for participating in tourism promotional events.
This was contained in a statement approved for use by Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary for International Relations and Cooperation (IR&C) Chalwe Lombe, and released by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India Bangwe Naviley.10