Zambia Institute for Tourism & Hospitality Studies (ZITHS) began as the Department of Hotel, Catering and Tourism Studies of Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce at Zambia’s attainment of political independence from British Colonial rule in 1964. The Government of the Republic of Zambia acquired a small hotel called “Victoria Hotel” (situated at the Corner of Protea and Church Roads in Lusaka) in 1971 from where the Department of Hotel, Catering and Tourism Studies operated. The hotel was later renamed “College Hotel” and was turned into a Hotel School. At the time, the College operated under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education.

College Hotel was later renamed “Fairview Hotel” and transferred to the Ministry of Tourism under the National Hotels Development Corporation (NHDC) in January 1989. In 1991, Fairview Hotel became autonomous and the changes in management resulted in the change of the name to “Zambia Institute for Tourism & Hospitality Studies” (ZITHS), after the dissolution of the NHDC.


“To be a leading tourism and hospitality training Institute in Southern Africa by 2030.”


“To provide quality training in hotel and tourism to local and international students in order to fulfill requirements of the labour market”

Goal Statement

“To provide superior market responsive training, upgrade and expand infrastructure and facilities in order to con tribute to the fulfillment of the demands of the tourism and hospitality industry.”


1. To provide quality and market responsive training in tourism and hospitality in order to produce qualified and competent graduates.
2. To expand and upgrade infrastructure and facilities at the institute in order to create a conducive training environment and attain a three star hotel status by 2017.
3. To manage and develop effectively human resources in order to enhance individual and organization performance.
4. To effectively and efficiently manage the provision of administrative and logistical support services in order to enhance operations of the institute.
5. To manage effectively financial resources and expand revenue base of the institute in order to improve service delivery.
6. To effectively plan, monitor and evaluate implementation of programmes at the institute in order to ensure achievement of the set goals and objectives.


ZITHS has the following affiliations to professional bodies:

1.Hotel and Catering Association of Zambia (HCAZ)
2. Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools in Africa (AHTSA)
3. Institute of Hospitality
4. International Association of Travel Agents/Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association (IATA/UFTAA).
5. United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).TedQual Certification
6. International Association for Hotel Schools
7. Institute of Hospitality Zambia


ZITHS collaborates with the following universities and tertiary institutions:
1. Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University’s Institute for Advanced Research and Training in Tourism (IREST)
2. Seychelles Tourism Academy
3. Macau’s Institute for Tourism Studies
4. Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Studies
5. Campus Lidkoping in Sweden


1. Staff and student exchanges
2. Exchange of research interests and ideas
3. Internships, apprenticeships and attachments for students
4. Curriculum support and exchange of pedagogical ideas

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