President Sata opposes AU tourism levies

“levies would hurt tourism industry’¨From CHARLES MUSONDA in Addis Ababa’¨PRESIDENT Sata has opposed two levies proposed by the African Union (AU) on air tickets and hotel accommodation, saying if implemented, the extra charges will hurt Zambia’s tourism and hospitality industry.’¨Last year, the AU high-level panel on alternative sources of funding, chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, proposed that air travellers pay US$5 each time they fly in and out of Africa.’¨The second option is a US$2 hospitality levy for all hotel stays on the continent.’¨During closed-door deliberations of the 21st AU Heads of State and Government Summit here yesterday, Mr Sata rejected the proposal made last year.’¨”I sympathise with the former Nigerian President Obasanjo who still believes that we have to continue levying things. Zambia has overpaid for the maintenance of the Organisation of African Unity, AU and all other organisations to which we are members.