Tourism and Arts Deputy Minister David Phiri says government attaches great importance to the tourism sector with the view to accelerate the Youths employment creation agenda.
Mr Phiri also said government is committed to enhancing skills development in the tourism sector.
The minister said this in Siavonga yesterday when he officiated at a mobile training graduation ceremony for 53 people who were trained in hospitality management with Hotel and Tourism Training Institute Trust (HTTI T).
The training was being held under the theme” Enhancing tourism and hospitality development through skills training”.
The minister however called upon graduating team to serious utilizes their newly acquired skills to have positive effects on the tourism industries.
Mr Phiri observed that a meaningful economic growth of tourism sector in Zambia hinges on interdependent between the public and private sectors.
The minister has since challenged the private sector to continue investing in tourism through efforts such as sponsoring their human resources for training to ensure a continued improvement of service delivery.
And speaking at the same function, Hotel and Catering Association of Zambia Region Chairperson Beauty Musonda said that it was fortunate for Siavonga district to have been accorded an opportunity of skill training by the Ministry of Tourism and Arts adding that the training would not have come at a better time than now due to proliferation of many lodging facilities and other business opportunities.
Ms Musonda commended government for its support in organizing and funding of the training especially that about 53 people were trained.
Meanwhile Hotel and Tourism Training Institute Trust Executive Director Wilson Silungwe said his institute was in full support of government’s position and vision of employment creation in the country.
Dr Silungwe said that through provision of training programs like mobile training exercise, the institution’s main aim was to contribute to 300,000 jobs government envision to create in tourism sector.
And Natasha Chikumbi a graduates’ representative thanked government for the desire it shown to train them. She said that the graduates dreams were to see Siavonga grow into the real tourist destination.
The government’s main objective in the tourism sector under the sixth National Development Plan (SDNP) is to improve standards in the tourism sector through capacity building programmes.