Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa has said tourism remains one of the pillars for the country’s economy despite a few challenges rocking the sector.
Mkondiwa said this when he paid an impromptu visit to the Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT) training school in Blantyre.
He said Malawi has several attraction sites such as Lake Malawi which he said being the third largest lake in Africa could attract tourists.
“Malawi’s tourism sector is on track but what is more important is we need skilled people who can manage to sell the services to the tourists out there.
He said his visit on Tuesdau was to see how MIT conducts its training “to appreciate the good work they are doing.”
Said he: “ Besides that I also want to listen to the challenges the institution is facing so that where possible government should intervene.”
Mkondiwa further said although he was satisfied with what MIT was doing, the institution needs a lot more assistance such as school bus, adequate equipment for both learners and trainers and a library stocked with relevant books among others.
He then said government has plans in place to build a state-of-the-art tourism school at Lingadzi in Lilongwe.
He added: “Just building hotels, lodges or other tourist attraction places cannot be of benefit if citizens are not trained on how to sell the services hence the plan to build a modern school.
“Tourism is an employment creator besides bringing forex into the country. I will engage other stakeholders to see how MIT can be helped. One thing I have noticed though is that the institution is small while demand is high when it comes to enrolment of students.
The Executive Director for MIT, Isabel Tamanda Chakhumbira said the institution needs urgent assistance in order to meet the ever growing demand from the public.
Chakhumbira said currently the school has only five classrooms which cater for 715 students.
“MIT is currently carrying out maintenance of its Mzuzu Lodge, Lingadzi Inn and Alendo Hotel with the aim to meet the ever growing demand of services in the country.
“But we are highly in need of support from stakeholders because in the meantime our financial muscle is just small,” she said.
Established 1973, the Malawi Institute of Tourism training school is the only reliable and reputable hospitality institution in the country.
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