Zambia levies new government fees on tour operators

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National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) has introduced new fees for tour operators working within the World Heritage Site and for visitors to NHCC sites. Tour operators were given three days notice of them coming into effect. These charges will be on top of the fees already charged by ZAWA. Understandably, the tour operators are rather upset about these new fees which, they say, are out of proportion to what business can afford.

FOR NON-ZAMBIANS:

To visit the Victoria Falls: Adult US$20, Child US$10, Vehicle US$5
Lunar Rainbow: Adult US$25, Child US$10, Vehicle US$5
Railway Museum: Adult US$15, Child US$7
Sioma Falls: Adult US$10, Child US$5, Vehicle US$5

Zambians will now be charged K7,000 to visit the Falls; K10,000 to see the lunar rainbow.

TOUR OPERATOR FEES:

Boat cruises: US$20 per person + US$15,000 per operator per year
Canoeing: US$20 per personm + US$15,000 per operator per year
Rafting: US$10 per person + US$15,000 per operator per year
Bungi jumping: US$10,000 per operator per year
Gorge swinging: US$5,000 per operator per year
Abseiling : US$5,000 per operator per year
Aircraft: US$10,000 per operator per year
Commercial filming: US$10,000 per operator per year
Fishing: US$10 per person per day

The Statutory Instrument laying down the new fees was enacted on January 29, 2010.