By Tionge Kasolota
Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central Victoria Kingston says she will lobby Parliament to consider constructing a tourism university in Mangochi to equip the youth with knowledge in the field.
Kingston, who is chairperson for Mangochi Tourism Association (MTA) said in an interview Friday on the sidelines of World Tourism Day commemoration that the country needs such a university.
“The sector is growing by the day and a tourism university in the country, particularly in Mangochi, would enable the youth to acquire skills befitting international standards,” Kingston said.
She hailed the country’s leadership vision on tourism saying all it required was for stakeholders to join hands to fulfill it.
“The President has a dream of turning Mangochi into Malawi’s own Acapulco City; this is a great idea and, as Malawians, we have to support the dream so that it becomes a reality,” Kingston said.
The MTA chairperson commended all stakeholders taking part in promoting the tourism industry in the country.
Government recently sourced funds from Afrexim Bank to construct a 5-star hotel and a state-of-the-art international airport in Mangochi to boost tourism sector and turn the lakeshore district into Malawi’s own Acapulco City.
Every year on 27 September the world commemorates World Tourism Day and this year the theme was “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”.
The World Tourism Day celebration was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 1980.
Activities of the day aim at bringing awareness to people about the significant role tourism plays in boosting economies and also to exhibit how the sector affects the social, economic, cultural, and political values.-MANA