Tourism calls for more funding

ZAMBIA Tourism Board managing director Felix Chaila has called on the party that will form Government to increase budgetary allocation to tourism to boost the sector.
Mr Chala said the move will also demonstrate that Government recognises the sector as an economic driver.
He said tourism is one of the four pillars of development in Zambia, yet funding to the sector remains low, hence the need for more funding.
“Zambia has some of the best wildlife sanctuaries but there are no structures there, which is why there is a lot of poaching. National parks need development to attract tourists,” he said in an interview.
Mr Chaila said Government needs to put in place structures in provinces and districts that will support tourism.
He also said local municipalities should be urged to help in driving the tourism agenda such as initiating city tours for tourists.
Mr Chaila said there is also need for tourism infrastructure to enable tourists to access tourism sites.
“For instance, we have various falls around the country but some are inaccessible due to lack of road infrastructure,” he said.

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