Kasama Airport to be upgraded

From KALONDE NYATI in Kasama
GOVERNMENT will spend about K141 million to transform Kasama Airport to international standards.
The transformation of Kasama Airport is also expected to increase tourist traffic to Northern Province.
Northern Province permanent secretary Hlobotha Nkunika who disclosed the development on Tuesday said Government has since engaged a Chinese company to upgrade the airport.
“Government has engaged Anhui-Shuin Construction Group of China to work on the upgrading of Kasama Airport to international standards and the contractor is currently on site,” Mr Nkunika said.
Mr Nkunika said the project, which was expected to be completed in 12 months’ time, would supplement government efforts to attract tourists to the northern circuit.
He said the province is endowed with various tourist attractions yet very few people visit the sites due to lack of reliable transport, adding that the upgrading of the airport would open the area to domestic and international travellers.
The province has more than 10 tourist attractions, among them Chishimba Falls, Chilambwe Falls and Mwela Rock in Kasama, Kalambo Falls in Mbala, Ntumbachushi Falls, Lumangwe Falls, Nachikufu Cave in Mpika and Chipoma Falls in Chinsali.
Mr Nkunika said construction of roads in the province would also boost tourism in the area.
“We are developing infrastructure to tourist sites so that travellers can be attracted to visit the province often. Roads are being developed and plans are underway to develop play parks at tourism sites to attract children,” he said.
He also said Northern, Muchinga and Luapula provinces have embarked on a programme aimed at collectively marketing the tourism potential of three regions.
“We want to strengthen the tourism potential in the northern circuit, so we are developing a strategic plan that will result in the collective packaging of tourism products in the provinces,” he said.

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