Malawi Awarded Safe Travels Status by WTTC
Covid-19 continues to negatively affect economic development in the country.
The tourism sector is among the worst hit.
This follows travel restrictions that were imposed globally to curb the further spread of the pandemic.
Its’ impact in Malawi has been a loss of revenue in excess of 60 billion kwacha.
Over 33, 000 jobs were also lost in just the first quarter of 2021.
But the industry now finds solace in the award by World Travel and Tourism Council as one safe destination for tourists.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism, Sarah Njanji, says this is a heavy boost to Malawi.
“This stamp is a major recognition to our tourism sector in the country. Tourists are now assured that visiting Malawi is like visiting any other 250 countries across the globe that have had such an award before. We hope this is a heavy boost as we are on the bound of rebuilding the sector amidst global pandemic, Covid 19” said Njanji.
Meanwhile, economic expert, Millward Tobias has called on authorities to devise means that would make Malawi attractive to rake-in more revenue.
“There is a need for us as a country to diversify the tourism sector to keep our country attractive and a haven that would bring more tourists to the country. Our road networks should also be improved,” said Tobias.
Tourism rakes in about 7 percent of Malawi’s Gross Domestic Product GDP.
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