Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Friday officially opened a $100 million magnificent Umodzi Park complex which comprise of world-class Bingu Wa Mutharika International Conference Centre (BICC) , Presidential Villas and a 5-Star President Walmont Hotel built in the capital Lilongwe.
Speaking during the Grand opening, President Mutharika said the complex represents a symbol of excellence in the hospitality industry of the country.
“This complex will strategically position Malawi to tap into the growing tourism market segment and enhance its image as a destination for international events,” he said.
He therefore assured of his government’s commitment to continue putting tourism sector as a priority area in the national agenda.
Chairperson of Umodzi Holdings, Francis Mbilizi said the multi-faceted development forms a vital part of Malawi’s plans to boost the tourism industry.
“The state-of-the-art complex is set to raise the country’s profile within the African conferencing industry, making Malawi an attractive option for conference delegations from within the continent as well as the rest of the world.”
The complex, is an initiative of late Bingu Wa Mutharika and was funded and built by China.
A South African based Peermont will manage the complex for 10 years subject to renewal.