By Stevie Chauluka:
The government has reaffirmed its commitment to boosting the tourism and hospitality industry to increase the sector’s input to the national economic growth.
Trade and Tourism Minister, Salim Bagus, said this on Saturday when he graced the 2019 Mulanje Mountain Porters Race at Likhubula in Mulanje District.
Bagus cited the district which, he said, has capacity of turning into the country’s hub of tourism if appropriate investments were made.
He said the government was securing funds and was in talks with potential investors to develop modern tourism facilities on Mulanje Mountain.
“We want to have a cable car on the mountain to be used by both domestic and international tourists. It is high time we utilised the Mulanje Mountain for the benefit of the people around and Malawi as a whole,” Bagus said.
He urged the citizenry to jealously guard Mulanje Cedar, describing it a precious tree.
The event was held under the theme ‘Restore Mulanje Cedar to Enhance Tourism’.
Main organisers, Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT), were delighted with the event saying it is a way through which tourists could get to know of Malawi.
MMCT spokesperson, Kondwani Chamwala, said the event met its objectives.
Attest 11 companies and organisations partnered MMCT in the organisation of the event.
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