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The policy will define the framework for tourism development The policy will define the framework for tourism development

Malawi Drafting Tourism Policy

Written by  Earlene CHIMOYO in the commercial city, Blantyre Aug 26, 2016

The public is being encouraged to make written contributions to the tourism ministry through email or postal address for possible inclusion in the national tourism policy.

This is besides scheduled consultation meetings with various stakeholders to solicit their views on the policy.

In a statement, Trade and Tourism authorities have outlined meetings in Mzuzu and Blantyre from August 29.

The policy will define the framework for tourism development, operations and management to meet the government’s immediate and long-term objectives for tourism.

According to the government of Malawi, the implementation of this policy shall be done through the Strategic Tourism Development Plan and yearly plans.

“The required funds are expected to be sourced from the public and private sector as well as donor funds.”

“The policy is designed to ensure that stakeholders share a common vision and agree on strategies to achieve a sustainable tourism industry in Malawi,” reads an official statement by Lilongwe.

There is considerable potential for tourism in Malawi. The tourist industry has grown greatly since the mid-1970s and the government of Malawi is attempting to expand it further.

Main attractions are Lake Malawi, mountains such as Zomba Plateau and Mulanje Mountain and the country's national parks. The tourist industry promotes Malawi's national parks including Nyika National Park, Kasungu National Park, and Liwonde National Park.

Government over the years has realized that tourism has the potential to contribute towards efforts in reduction of poverty.

However, this realization has not been matched by the required resources to develop and promote tourism.

On a comparative basis, the tourism resource in Malawi has remained underdeveloped and of low quality due in part to inadequate regulatory mechanisms and limited resources.

 

Efforts to develop the sector have clearly been articulated in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the amendment of the tourism law. 

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