10 January 2013

Zambia: Northern Circuit to Benefit From UNWTO

NORTHERN Circuit can reap benefits from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly which will be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe this year, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said.

Ms Masebo was in Northern Province on an awareness programme about the UNWTO.

She said she would make sure delegates from Northern Province were on hand at the assembly in August to ensure that spots were marketed.

"The Northern Circuit should not be left out when Zambia showcases its tourism highlights at the UNWTO General Assembly," she said.

Ms Masebo, who visited some tourist spots, was impressed with Chishimba and Kalambo falls and the historic importance of Moto Moto Museum in Mbala.

She said the relics of World War Two recovered from Lake Chila where German soldiers surrendered to the British had the potential of attracting tourists to Northern Province.

Ms Masebo said the Northern Circuit had the potential to grow with improved infrastructure.

"I decided to come and acquaint myself with the tourist attractions in the province because it has been difficult to market the region as I knew little about it," Ms Masebo said.

Among the chief attractions in the province are the more than 700 rock art paintings by Bushmen believed to be more than 150 million years old which is the highest concentration in Southern Africa.

Ms Masebo visited Moto Moto Museum in Mbala which houses an impressive display of artefacts from the First World War where Germany troops finally surrendered to the British in 1918.

The museum also promotes Zambian culture through the dance troupe which performs every Sunday at the Cultural Arena, 50 metres from the museum.

Nearby is Lake Chila, a small water body where the Germans, after their surrender were ordered to dispose of their weapons many of which are on display.

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