By an Independent Reporter

The tourism industry in Zambia’s tourist capital city Livingstone, is marking great progress with its preparations for the United Nations World Tourism Congress which is due to be held in the middle of 2013. Unlike Zimbabwe where development in this industry has been stunted in the last 10 years due to lack of confidence, Zambia has seen unprecedented investment in the Tourism industry with three new Hotels being built in the past 7 years alone.

These being Falls Way Lodge, The David Livingstone Spa and Safari Lodge and Protea Hotel Livingstone.

Sun International’s Investment into the Royal Livingstone Hotel and the Zambezi Sun were only completed just over ten years ago. These two properties have themselves been the catalyst for major tourism development around the Zambian Side of the Falls during the subsequent years to their completion.

As a result it is certainly easy to see how many would feel that if Zimbabwe does not improve its image soon it may be left behind in a one horse race!

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The following article from the Daily Mail in Zambia reports on the newly opened Courtyard Hotel in Livingstone.

From http://www.daily-mail.co.zm

Courtyard hotel ready for tourism congress

By NDUBI MVULA

Courtyard Hotel - Livingstone, Zambia

THE Courtyard Hotel Victoria Falls is ready and positioned to participate in the co-hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Congress by Zambia and Zimbabwe scheduled for 2013 following the completion of the 52- room resort.
The group has spent over K1billion for the construction of a hotel that can seat about 500 people in conference.
Hotel group sales executive Charles Kafumbo and general manager Lindy Van Schalkwyk said this during a media tour of the over K1 billion investment resort, which is also poised to create employment to the local people.
“Already, we have created employment and responded to the concept of putting money in people’s pockets by engaging local staff as well as buy all our food supply such as eggs, vegetables from the women in Mukuni Village. This resort has employed local people hence contributing to the alleviation of poverty through employment,” he said.
The Victoria Falls Courtyard has 44 employees, Lusaka has 66 and the yet to be constructed at Kabangwe, on the outskirts of Lusaka, will have slightly over a hundred staff and will be the biggest of them all.
Mr Kafumbo said the resort has a family touch such as the provision of a new children’s park that also has a nine-hole children’s golf course and other amenities.
“We are in a hurry to be part of the hotels in the country to provide a memorable stay to all the delegates coming next year,” he said.
He said as a wholly Zambian hotel, it will provide all local foods, Indian and any other oriental cuisines and others so that it is all-inclusive.
And Ms Van Schalkwyk said the resort’s main concept is that of staying healthy hence the Halaal system of diet and does not allow alcohol.
“The Courtyard Hotel is a premier boutique that is dedicated to perfecting your hotel experience through innovation and the highest standard of hospitality. The hotel guarantees an unchallenged flavour of luxury accommodation and embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kafumbo said that management has also extended its hand in ensuring it is fully involved in community service by going into aiding orphanages and the old people’s home in the area.
He said its social responsibility is based on the fact that as a business, it has a duty to contribute towards poverty alleviation and would like to see that people are healthy in the community in which it operates.