The Hotel and Tourism Council of Zambia has welcomed the appointment of the new Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata.
Hotel and Tourism Council of Zambia chairman Felix Mulenga said his council was ready to support Ms. Kapata and work with her.
Mr. Mulenga has however appealed to Ms. Kapata to address issues that make the tourism sector lag behind.
He has meanwhile urged members of the public to give Ms. Kapata enough time to perform her duties and not to judge her before she settles in the office.
And Mr. Mulenga has thanked the former Minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo for the good services she rendered to the country.
President Michael Sata appointed Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata to the position of Tourism Minister to replace Ms. Masebo, who is Chongwe Member of Parliament.
Until her appointment, Ms. Kapata was Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister.