Tourism And Enviroment

TOURISM SECTOR ANTICIPATING RECOVERY AS THE KARIBA DAM REHABILITATION PROGRAM PROGRESSES.

Tourism has been hardest hit by the Covid-19 Pandemic because of international and local travel restrictions leading to laying off workers and closing because of lack of business however lately the sector has been awaiting revival as the Kariba dam undergoes refurbishment.

The dam which has served as an energy outlet and economic pillar to Zambia and Zimbabwe for 60 years is currently undergoing rehabilitation works to ensure its strength.

The Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Program (KDPR) is a $294 million USD project that is funded by the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, the Bank, the government of Sweden and the Zambezi River Authority on behalf of Zambia and Zimbabwe, through grants and loans.

The project which commenced in 2017 is said to be a large-scale engineering project which involves refurbishing the Dam wall and spillway gates will take several years to complete hence might be completed in 2025.

Domestic travel and International Tourism have been affected by the intercity travel ban and closure of land borders, measures that were implemented in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The completion of the KDPR is set to revive the tourism sector as the Kariba dam is a established major international tourist attraction.