Media wins Govt praise over UNWTO coverage


THE Zambian Government has paid tribute to the media for the wide coverage of the just ended United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly and urged practitioners to sustain tourism reporting.

Acting Chief Government spokesperson, Fackson Shamenda thanked journalists from both Zambia and Zimbabwe on Thursday evening for effective coverage prior and during the co-hosting of the event by the two countries.

“Government notes with appreciation the important role the media, both local and foreign, have played in informing and educating people on the UNWTO and its role in the development of the tourism industry.

“During the past 22 months leading to the co-hosting of the conference, we saw an unprecedented output of various media products such as radio and television documentaries, interviews, dedicated columns and in-depth feature articles in print and electronic, public and private media houses,” he said.

Mr Shamenda who is Labour and Social Security Minister said this after taking Zambian and Zimbabwean journalists on a boat cruise on the Zambezi River in Livingstone.

Others who went for the boat cruise included Sports Deputy Minister, Steven Masumba, Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga, Zambia Tourism Board chief executive officer, Felix Chaila, ZNBC Director-General Chibamba Kanyama and some district commissioners from Southern Province.