2024-06-14

Government geared to promote the tourism sector

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By Judgement Katika……

The Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), who is also Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Janet Banda, has said the government will continue to assess and implement the performance of the tourism sector to make it productive.

Speaking during the opening of a two-day pre-tourism lab meeting at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Banda highlighted that some barriers in the tourism sector are important for the government to address.

“The meeting is very important as we will be discussing issues which have been holding back this sector. Despite making efforts in the tourism sector, there are a lot of setbacks which we need to work on,” said Banda.

She further said there are a lot of problems that the tourism sector is facing, such as poor infrastructure and poor coordination in the tourism team, adding that the pre-lab meeting will help to come up with better solutions.

In his remarks, Secretary for Tourism Chancy Simwaka articulated the need to have the pre-lab as it will isolate the main bottlenecks that have been affecting the tourism sector in the country.

“As Ministry of Tourism, we are going to make an effort to develop various skills in the tourism sector, including hotel management, food production, and tour guides to make sure that we have good standards in the industry,” said Simwaka.

The pre-lab meeting comes after the tourism sector hosted the Takulandirani Mw International Tourism Expo (MITE), which was graced by President Lazarus Chakwera last month.

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