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Zambia’s Livingstone to have tourism cultural village

A newly established Lusaka-based entity specialising in marketing and media services, Bamboo B Communications (BBCom), intends to set up a K2 million tourism and cultural village in Livingstone.

The cultural village would promote culture and traditional aspects of all provinces of Zambia in one place.

The village, which would have more than 10 structures with different aspects of each province, would be established near Crocodile Farm ahead of next month’s 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly.

BBCom director Jela Mtonga said the project would create more than 200 jobs and majority of people to be employed would be Livingstone residents.

Ms Mtonga said in an interview in Livingstone at the weekend that the project would be dubbed ‘One Zambia One Village’ and the campaign would be called ’40 Make a Difference Days (MAD) challenge.’

She said the project was targeting to attract more than 1,000 UNWTO delegates and other tourists.

“We have come up with the way of exhibiting and marketing our country in one place in Livingstone.

“Our village concept is to bring all tribes, languages and provinces of Zambia in one place so that visitors can learn about the country in one place,” she said.

Ms Mtonga, who is the project coordinator, said visitors and tourists would learn about the cultures and heritage of Zambia as well as on matters of wildlife conservation.

She said the village would have tour guides, chefs, designers, hair dressers, security guards, curio shops, recycled products and traditional food cuisines among others.

“About 10 per cent of the income from the project will go towards supporting girls to go to school as you know that most girls are usually married at young age and fail to complete their school,” she said.

Source – All Africa by Brian Hatyoka