By Rachel Gonani MANA
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday officially closed the 4th Edition of the Takulandirani Malawi 2023 Tourism Expo in Lilongwe with a call for enhanced collaboration among tourism players.
The President has since described the two day expo under the theme “We’re Back, Ipatse Moto,” as a success, further committing government’s support to harness the industry’s potential.
“I am inspired by the economic prospects of our tourism industry as demonstrated by this expo. The country is ready to go big on tourism and my joining of this expo is to demonstrate government’s unwavering commitment to revolutionise the economy,” said Chakwera.
The President said there is, therefore, need for heavy investment in tourism through aspects beyond monetary resources.
He then called for collaboration in boosting the industry from all key stakeholders.
“We must clear obstacles in our tourism industry and turn them into opportunities. Malawi is determined to address structural, administrative, legal and behavioural issues in our tourism sector in order to make the most of the industry,” he said.
He indicated that government has made a resolve to address bottlenecks chocking the potential of tourism urgently in order to recover from the losses suffered due to COVID-19 and Cholera pandemics along with the tropical Cyclone Freddy devastation.
Government among others has made commitments to remove visa fees from other key frequent visitors, coordinate with other Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) countries to tailor multi country tourism and improve airports and other key travel infrastructure such as roads, rail and water transport.
Minister of Tourism Vera Kamtukule said her ministry has been overwhelmed with the patronage of the just ended expo.
Kamtukule said the country will ride on the momentum created by the expo saying it is an indication of Malawi’s resilience owing to different crises the country has faced in the recent past.