Zimbabwe’s premier tourist destination, Victoria Falls, has this year seen a vast increase in Foreign visitors matching records last seen in the late 90's. Room occupancies in Victoria Falls for the past six months have seen an increase of over 25%.
The trend of growth in tourism arrivals into Victoria Falls is ongoing, with the forward booking profile getting longer, People are booking much further in advance than they were two years ago. Victoria Falls should record occupancies of 90% and higher between August and November 2017. The positive downstream impact on national and regional tourism, plus the economy is significant. The increased tourism levy revenue stream will enable the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to further enhance their marketing and branding of the world-class destinations.
British Airways Comair international sales and interline manager, Margaret Kinsman said the airline was operating larger aircraft on the Johannesburg to Victoria Falls route and over the coming months it would be offering more daily flights on several days of the week. Between July and November 2017, three additional flights per week have been scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, using a B737-400, which accommodates 150 passengers,” she said. The airline is also licensed to operate these three additional services per week year-round as required, should there be demand. South African Airways operates an Airbus A330-200 with 222 seats, which is 88 seats more than their previous aircraft capacity. In addition, Victoria Falls has new airlines servicing the destination, namely Ethiopian Airways and Kenya Airways, linking Victoria Falls to East Africa.