Mushala calls for programme enhancement ahead of UNWTO
Chipata, May 20, ZANIS ——— Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Bert Mushala has called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to come up with programmes targeted at enhancing the tourism sector ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in August this year.
Mr Mushala said there was need for various stakeholders in different parts of the province to play an active role in ensuring that the country successfully hosts the conference.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Mfuwe, Mr Mushala said the UNWTO is a big event with massive economic value for the country therefore people from across the country should rip maximum benefits from it.
He noted that to this effect Eastern Province has come up with plans to market the tourism potential in the province.
He disclosed that Mfuwe and a dancing group from Lundazi have already been identified to be marketed ahead of the conference.
Mr Mushala explained that Mfuwe houses South Luangwa National Park which has one of the highest population of hippos and the largest spices of birds.
He stated that it is for this reason that the province wants to take advantage and attract tourists coming for the conference in Livingstone to also visit Mfuwe.
“We want Eastern province to also benefit we have already identified Mfuwe and local dancing group that we will properly market on behalf of the province,” he said.
And Mfuwe International Airport Manager Malama Chalwe said that the airport is ready to handle any increase in the number of tourists visiting the area.
Mr Chalwe said the airport is prepared to handle a plane carrying more than 300 passenger.
He also noted that in an effort to improve the infrastructure at the airport, some monies have been allocated for rehabilitation works where a new terminal building and fence to demarcate the airport from the community will be constructed.
Zambia and Zimbabwe is this August expected to co-host the UNWTO conference and preparations have advanced with the Ministry of Tourism and Arts coming up with different programmes aimed at improving infrastructure in Livingstone the host town.