Malawi ranked a 2018 hottest tourism destination: Mussa says its a boost

Malawi is ranked 10th globally on 2018 list of the hottest tourism destinations, Minister of  Industry, Trade and Tourism, Henry Mussa disclosed this Wednesday.

Henry Mussa: Boost for Malawi tourism

He said this after a familiarization tour of the Department of Tourism and Trade in Lilongwe.

Mussa described the world ranking of Malawi as a milestone in boosting the country’s tourism as a preferred destination for both local and international tourists.

“This talks volumes on what our tourism sector has undergone in the past years. We need to do more so that we should attract more tourists and boost our foreign earnings in the process,” the Minister explained.

He said Malawi is the third best destination country for tourism in Africa and that this gives the department encouragement to surge ahead in the utilization of the potential tourism sites that are available.

Mussa said government has increased its budgetary allocation to the sector for its continued development.

“Government has placed tourism sector as a key pillar in the Malawi Development Strategy (MDS) III in the development process of the country. We are encouraging rebranding our tourism potential so that it should have value on world market,” he pointed out.

The Minister said apart from wooing international tourists, there is need to promote local tourism and enable Malawians visit sites like Nyika plateau, Kasungu National Park,  Liwonde and Nkhotakota Game Reserves, Lake Malawi, Mulanje Mountain just to mention a few.

Mussa pointed out that government is committed to ensuring that all access road to all tourism destinations are improved for the better so that tourists should have easy access to these destinations all year round.

He said the rehabilitation and expansion of Kamuzu and Chileka International Airports are in line with government’s goal of boosting the tourism sector.

Mussa viewed that once the airports are upgraded to the required international standards, the country would stand a better chance to have more airlines coming into the country directly.

A Lilongwe resident, Francis Nsamala said Malawians need to be encouraged to patronize tourism sites and enjoy them freely in the country.

He appealed to the government to deliberately put up a policy whereby local tourism should be promoted among Malawians.

“Most people are discouraged to patronize local tourism sites because of exorbitant prices being offered by different tourism operators in the country. We need to explore more ways on how this could be achieved,” Nsamala viewed.

He pointed out of the need for the department of tourism to intensify inspection particularly in tourism establishments in order to promote the expected standards.

 

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Khenge
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Khenge

I dont believe this. This country has no infrastructure for tourism. Construct road networks along the Lake, build amusement parks, five star hotels, malls etc in order to excite the tourists first, then you can talk about Malawi being a tourist destination.

Jamax
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Jamax

Yes this is very true Malwi is just one of the best tourist destination it’s just amazing to see someone within Malawi to start writing the opposing views of his own country – tiyeni tinyadile dziko lathu please!!!!!!

che nnungu
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This is not true. Can you please lead us to the website that has rankes ths

Duntu
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Duntu

Who compiled the ranks? I have tried to search the internet and I cannot find anywhere that ranks Malawi so highly.

caretaker
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caretaker

but why do lawyers charge such prohibitive costs? selfishness. We together should join to develop our nation. love one another. rely on fellow malawians

farmer
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farmer

Doctors are very important in the country. so too are teachers. I am 50 years old: 1. I have never consulted any lawyer in my life; may be anyakwawa(village headman) . Lawyers are required only in times you need their servise or to help solving legal/equity matters 2. I have been sick and have visited the Doctor ( + herbal doctors) for roughly more than 150 times in my Life. My mom told me that I had been sick and visited all types of doctors many many times 7×7 . . . times 3. Look at the English I have… Read more »

NANA
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NANA

congratulating tourism and netball in Malawi for putting Malawi recognized at Worldwide. Agriculture must pull up its socks we are far, we should rather be exporting our farm produce and not importing . Judiciary: lawyers are too expensive that they can not represent an ordinary Malawian but chikhalirecho iye adaphunzira sukulu yaulele and govt subsidized his fees at the university. too expensive/ chiletso/ self enrichment costs; shame ; just exploiting Malawians. Govnt needs to come in to standardize all legal costs. Who will then protect the people from being defrauded by lawyers.

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Can government invest in a skyline cable car project that will make access to mulanje mountain chambe plateau easy. Many people would patronize such an investment going up using cable cars to see the spectacular views from the top. This is one way of bringing revenue to the gov.coffers.

Joseph Banda
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Joseph Banda

It may be easier to attract tourists if the visa fee was lowered to the fee assured by Zambia, $50 instead of $75. This as up to quite some more for a family. Why should they choose Malawi instead of Zambia or Tanzania then?

Listen and Love
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Congrats Malawi. Tourism and netball are two biggest things Malawi is making great strides. This good news must motivate every good willed Malawian to a be a positive ambassador to the world out there. At least, there is something positive today as far as world rankings are concerned. Kudos, kudos, kudos ! Keep it up Malawi!!!

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