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.