Govt Tipped on Unique Tourism Sites Investment
National coordinator for Team Adventure Malawi Kondwani Chamwala has tipped government to invest in under-developed but unique tourism sites which have potential to turn around the economy of the country.
Chamwala has told Zodiak Tuesday that the country is endowed with many historical and unique but unknown places such as, Chisanga falls in Nyika National Park, Malape pillars in Machinga, Mantchewe falls in Livingstonia, ZOA falls in Thyolo, which just require some infrastructure support to start attracting both local and international tourists.
Chamwala says it is high time government invested in these tourism sites since they have got great potential to turn around the economy of the country.
"We are losing a lot in terms of money, the economic growth itself would have been improved if had concentrated on investing in these unique sites, but not very much known.
"Apart from agriculture, tourism is also another potential area which can help to turn around the economy of this country. So, all these kinds of places, if we can concentrate on them, put some infrastructure and give some resources to the local people, we believe the economy can improve," Chamwala said.
Ministry of tourism spokesperson Symon Mbvundula says through the National Tourism Investment Master Plan, government is geared to revamp such sites and provides measures to address challenges that hinder the systematic development of tourism in the country.
Mvundula further indicates that the ministry is engaging tourism operators and Thyolo district council to ensure ZOA falls is attractive to tourists.
"Indeed, ZOA falls is geared to be revamped. We are engaging all tourism operators and working closely with the district assembly. Once finished, the site will give opportunity to tourists to marvel at this beautiful scenery.
"You may also wish to know that government is working on National Tourism Investment Master Plan. This plan provides measures to address challenges that hinder the systematic development of tourism. This we believe will improve the sector contribution to the GDP," he said.
Tourism sector contributes nearly one percent to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).