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Zimbabwe: Vaccine Rush Could Make Victoria Falls the World’s Safest Tourist Destination


Greater than 65 per cent of the eligible inhabitants in Victoria Falls have been vaccinated towards Covid-19 in lower than per week, and the initiative is ongoing, as Zimbabwe’s high vacationer metropolis strives to develop into a protected vacation spot.

Over 17,000 of Victoria Falls’ 26,000 adults aged 18 to 80 had obtained the primary dose of the Sinopharm vaccine by March 29, after the nationwide vaccination programme towards Covid-19 was rolled out within the vacation vacation spot on March 22.

Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief govt Ross Kennedy mentioned tourism is a resilient business that regularly must adapt to ever altering markets and developments, and the Covid-19 associated journey cancellations have been the one biggest problem that Victoria Falls has confronted.

“Victoria Falls and the broader neighborhood within the vacation spot, together with the Ministry of Well being and Youngster Care and Authorities have confronted the pandemic, come collectively extremely nicely and it might be the very first metropolis on this planet to have the vast majority of its residents vaccinated,” Kennedy mentioned.

Greater than 70 per cent of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge property employees have up to now been vaccinated, and this can proceed to extend this week, he added. Operated by hospitality group AAT, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge property properties embrace Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Membership, Victoria Falls Safari Suites and Lokuthula Lodges.

“As one of many Seven Pure Wonders of the World and a gateway to the long-lasting KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Space) tourism area, it is a main marketing campaign, and all authorities and personal sector have to be applauded for the success of the initiative to this point,” he mentioned.