Zambia Fully opened for tourism – impact on casino gambling

Officially the Republic of Zambia reopened its international airspace, now welcoming tourists back into the nation, a landlocked country in Southern-Central Africa known for its diverse wildlife and extensive national parks.

The land is often regarded as the legendary African walking safari, Victoria Falls, the wilder Zambezi river abundant wildlife, and raw wilderness in one friendly country that attracts around 1 million tourists annually. Some consider it to be part of East Africa, which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west. Tourism is significant in Zambia. It’s booming, one of the emerging countries’ Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa that has seen a sustained increase in international visitors’ numbers.

It is dwarfed by South Africa and still lags well behind Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana. In 2019 the industry contributed 7 percent of GDP (USD 1,701 million) and 7.2 percent of total employment (469 thousand jobs). International visitors spent USD 849 million, representing 10 percent of Zambia’s full export, according to the International Growth Center (IGC) in Zambia.

It came as an exciting development for businesses in the tourism sector. Besides this, it is fascinating that casino outlets work interchangeably in the country; apart from casino fanatics, it also serves as tourist attractions. Most casinos are found inside hotels, resorts, and bars, which are well equipped with a wide assortment of table games, slot machines, video games, and poker games. Including Caribbean stud poker, multi-line slots, blackjack, and American roulette meet international standards.

There are four brick-mortar strategically located in major towns:

“Livingston, Lusaka, and Makeni, known as the majestic Casino Resort Makeni, the Great Wall Casino, in Lusaka, the Falls Casino, Livingston, and the new Fairmount hotel and casino Livingstone.”

Although, as mentioned earlier, with the fully reopened of the country’s border, it will positively impact its land-based casino owners’ business operations. As most will experience high turnover for the most lost part when the country was on lockdown, social distance measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus seeing all businesses closed down in the country. That has seen the gambling and betting industry in the country experienced exponential growth in recent years. Thanks to the internet and mobile penetration, the gaming industry contributing to the country’s GDP equaled a paltry 0.005 percent in 2019 with over 35 registered gaming companies Zambia.

However, all tourist travelers must present a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 14 days of departure to enter Zambia. The country stated that without proof of this test, the entry would be denied upon arrival. Any tourist showing or has a temperature over 38c will be re-tested at the airport note. If a tourist fulfills the above requirements and does not have symptoms, they do not need to quarantine upon Zambia’s arrival. Of course, this development will positively propel land-based casino operators in Zambia, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

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