Government Will Ensure That Sustainable Energy Initiatives Become a Key Policy in the Tourism Industry in Malawi
Malawi’s Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Daniel Liwimbi said Thursday that his government will ensure that sustainable energy initiatives become a key policy in the country’s tourism industry.
Speaking during the launch of the 2012 National Tourism Week in the capital Lilongwe, Liwimbi said, modern tourists are conscious of sustainability issues, making it necessary for the country to introduce initiatives in the area if it would remain genuinely competitive.
“There is a need for us to embrace cutting edge technologies in the tourism sector" he pointed out.
"By adopting these technologies it will also assist in the reduction of the pressure on our natural resources and make our country a leading and responsible sustainable tourism destination" he added.
The tourism industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and as a vehicle for sustainable development, it therefore, offers the prospects for more adequate resources for energy and poverty reduction, he asserted.
The government through its Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS) advocates the development and promotion of sustainable resource use including energy sources which is regarded as crucial to the promotion of tourism as it attracts up market tourists, he added.
The official therefore appealed to the private sector in the country to commemorate the week by pondering symbiotic relationship between tourism and sustainable energy and take advantage of the numerous business opportunities that the sector offers.
Source African Press Agency
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