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Victoria Falls still attracting tourists

Published Aug 20, 2007

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Victoria Falls is still attracting tourists and conference business, even Japanese visitors - who normally avoid any suggestion of trouble - according to SAA and British Airways/Comair, who say their flights there from Johannesburg are carrying high passenger loads.

SA Express launched its new service there, with three flights a week from Johannesburg, on Wednesday and says bookings are encouraging.

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The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has booked to hold its annual conference, with an expected 160 delegates, there in October.

John Morrison, its executive director, who visited the resort last week, said he was confident conditions would still be good in October and had made no alternative, fall-back arrangements.

"Amenities there are better than ever, prices are reasonable and there are no shortages," he said.

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"It is like an enclave separate from the rest of Zimbabwe and there has been no trouble there. People are friendly and confident of the future."

Both SAA and BA/Comair say demand for seats on their flights to Harare is still high, in spite of recent events, but Airlink has postponed its intended service there until the situation is more stable.

Meanwhile, it has launched two flights a day to Lusaka, capital of neighbouring Zambia, from Johannesburg, and says demand is good - "better than expected".

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Airlink has also cancelled its recently launched service to Nosi Be in Madagascar, although it was well supported, because package prices in association with tour

operators were unprofitable, but it still flies to the capital, Antananarivo.

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