NANCY MWAPE, Livingstone
GOVERNMENT will soon start building the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) legacy project in Livingstone in honour of the residents’ hospitality during the 2013 UNWTO general assembly.
Last year, the Korean government gave Zambia €47,500 through the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation for the legacy project.
Ministry of Tourism and Arts permanent secretary Liyah Mutale said in an interview yesterday that the project implementation delayed slightly because the funds provided were beyond what was planned for.
“We will soon start constructing the legacy project, we have agreed on how we will proceed. We will start by building a library, an ablution block and an office,” he said.
Dr Mutale said the legacy project is expected to be completed by August this year.
She said her ministry has also invited UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai, who is expected in the country this August and will visit South Luangwa National Park and declare it as sustainable park.
During his stay in the country, Mr Rifai will be guest of honour at the Livingstone International Cultural and Arts Festival and will also tour the legacy project site.
Meanwhile, several investors are interested in investing in Livingstone’s hotel and conference facilities to address accommodation challenges in the tourist capital.
Dr Mutale said Government has received proposals for construction of five star hotels, three star hotels and a conference centre.
She also said her ministry is discussing with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry to address the high cost of doing business which has made Livingstone an expensive tourist destination.
Dr Mutale said her ministry is also discussing with the Angolan Airline and RwandAir to encourage them to start flying into Livingstone.