The Ministry of Tourism was created on 10th July 2011 after realignment of Government Ministries by His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, the President of Republic of Zambia. This brought together the portfolio functions of tourism from former Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism and the portfolio functions of Culture from the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs. This was done in order to streamline and rationalize the functions and operations of the tourism and cultural sector.

Vision Statement

“To be a destination of choice with unique features thriving on well conserved natural resources, cultural heritage, and creative industries that significantly contribute to employment creation, sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction by 2030”.

Mission Statement:

“To facilitate and promote sustainable tourism and arts development and, culture preservation for socio-economic development”

Value Statement

The general strategy proposed for achieving this aspiration is captured in the Ministry’s value statement; “to uphold integrity, excellence, transparency, impartiality, courtesy and team spirit in discharging its mandate”.

Goals Statements

To increase Tourism and Arts Sector contribution to GDP from 2.1 in 2012 to 6% in 2016.
To increase employment creation from 30,000 in 2012 to 300,000 in 2016.

To provide policy and regulatory frameworks in order to create a conducive environment for Tourism and, Arts development and preservation of culture;
To facilitate and coordinate the rehabilitation of existing and construction of new tourism, arts and culture infrastructure in order to promote the development of the sector;
To promote research, investments, marketing, and product development in tourism, arts and culture in order to contribute to employment and wealth creation;
To effectively manage and facilitate development of human resources in order to improve organizational performance;
To facilitate and coordinate the provision of quality education and training in tourism, culture, arts and wildlife in order to contribute to their effective management, sustainable development and utilization;
To promote and facilitate bilateral and multilateral cooperation in tourism, arts and culture in order to foster Zambia’s interests and meet international obligations;
To plan, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of ministerial and sector policies and programs in order to assess their contribution to set objectives; and
To provide administrative and logistical support services in order to enhance effective and efficient operations of the Ministry.



National Parks and Wildlife

Culture and Traditional Affairs

Hostels Board of Management

Planning & Information

Human Resource & Administration



Zambia Tourism Agency

Zambia Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Studies

National Heritage Conservation Commission

National Museums Board



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