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Foreign owned tourism facilities dominate Malawi’s tourism sector

The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Culture is encouraging local tour operators to up their game as one way of increasing their share of income from the tourism sector.

The observation follows reports that 70 percent of the revenues generated in the tourism sector are shared by foreign owned tourist facilities whilst local operators share the remaining thirty percent.

Micheal Usi encourages local tour operators to aim high if they are to benefit from the sector

The Ministry disclosed this during a training session of micro-small and medium enterprises plying their trade in the tourism sector.

Speaking during a training working for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises operating in the tourism sector, Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Culture Michael Usi encouraged local tour operators to aim high if they are to benefit from the sector.

“Most people would encourage you to reap from the low hanging fruits, but I would urge you to aim high and get the best from the sector,” Usi highlighted.

The training is being held after a needs assessment which was conducted by a tourism development consultant Peter Jere who is of the view that most local players do not adhere to standards as long as they are getting money from their units.

Jere has since promised to build the capacity of the local tourist unit owners so that visitors and any other tourist can have a greater experience.

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