On Friday the 19th August 2011 there were 756 Hotel rooms occupied in Victoria Falls Zimbabwean side alone . The numbers were boosted by a Doctors conference at Elephant Hills, however by far the majority of these numbers were from the leisure markets and were international inbound tourists.
The Victoria Falls on both sides of the River, Zambia and Zimbabwe is enjoying excellent occupancies at this time. Ilala Lodge and the Victoria Falls Hotel registering monthly figures around the 80% mark.
There is also a major demand and high occupancies in the Chobe region of Botswana.
Sun International properties, Royal Livingstone and The Zambezi Sun in Livingstone Zambia and the Three Cities property – The David Livingstone are also recording high percentage occupancies.
Contributing to these numbers is the normal peak in International Inbound arrivals at this time of year, good package deals to the region, the amazing Wildlife sightings that are experienced due to the dry season attracting animals to the water holes, rivers and dams in the various areas.
Commendations should be awarded to the tourism players in the region who are learning that marketing the region together is more beneficial than trying to compete with one another. Rather compete with other destinations in the world.
One major problem remains the lack of flights. The number of rooms available jointly between Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Chobe is in excess of 2500 ( 5000 beds ) and yet there are on average only 500 aircraft seats available each day on scheduled flights!