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Tourism minister expected in Spain

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
MINISTER of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda is today expected in Spain for various high-level meetings with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretariat and the Spanish government.
The minister will be accompanied by his permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa, tourism director Reuben Zulu, Zambia Tourism Agency chief executive officer Felix Chaila and Hotel and Tourism Training Institute Trust executive director Wilson Silungwe.
Mr Banda will also be joined by officials from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Development Agency and private sector representatives.
According to a working programme released yesterday, the minister’s delegation will be in Spain at the invitation of UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai and the Spanish government to attend the Spanish International Tourism Fair.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by Ministry of Tourism and Arts public relations officer Sakabilo Kalembwe.
The delegation will be joined by officials from the Zambian Mission in Paris, France, to be headed by Zambia’s Ambassador to France and Spain and Permanent Representative to UNWTO, Humphrey Chibanda.
And Mr Chibanda said the trip to Spain is important because Government has prioritised tourism as an economic sector which will contribute greatly to the development of the country.
“In her quest for sustainable economic development, Zambia shall endeavour to explore and leverage on any opportunities that will benefit most Zambians,” he said.
Mr Chibanda said Zambia and Spain will also seek to strengthen economic relations which translate into synergies between the two countries for mutual economic benefits.

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