Tourism ministry ponders relocating

THE process of relocating the Ministry of Tourism and Arts from Lusaka to Livingstone is an issue that cannot be rushed as it involves many things to be considered, says Tourism permanent secretary Steven Mwansa.

And Government has announced that there are plans to review the Tourism Act and Zambia Wildlife Authority to make them relevant to the current government operations.

Last month, Vice President Inonge Wina said when she visited Livingstone that the Ministry of Tourism and other tourism agencies should relocate to Livingstone so that the city’s status of a tourist capital could be of value and upheld.

But speaking to journalists in Livingstone on Thursday, Mr Mwansa said that the process of moving the ministry was underway but that it required enough time.

Mr. Mwansa said relocating needed to be properly structured because there were many issues involved.

He said it was not just a matter of putting up books in the suitcases and and driving off to Livingstone.

Mr Mwansa, however, said agencies that operated inline with the ministry would slowly be moving to the tourist capital.

He said he was alive to the fact that the moving of the ministry to Livingstone was a directive by the Vice President Inonge Wina which he said must be followed.

And Government has plans to review the Tourism Act and Zambia Wildlife Authority Act to make them relevant to the current government operations.

Mr Mwansa said it was imperative for some laws to be reviewed after sometime to see whether they are relevant to the party that is in power.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mwansa has observed that it is government’s intention to have a requisite infrastructure in Livingstone.

He said plans of putting up a multi-economic zone were underway adding that once that was done, the city’s image would be completely changed.

Mr. Mwansa said that government was passionate in ensuring that Livingstone maintained the competitive standard of a tourist capital in the region because tourism was competitive.

Earlier, Mr. Mwansa officiated at the certificate handover of more than 50 tour operators and other stakeholders in the tourism industry after being trained for two days in sales and negotiating skills.

The training was necessitated by the ministry of tourism with the sponsorship of the Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI).

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