NDC urges govt to open tourism opportunities in Western Province
By staff Reporter
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged government to open up tourism opportunities in Western Province.
In a statement to newdayZambia.com this week, NDC national chairman for tourism Shindola Luhila expressed optimism that the tourism infrastructure in the province could generate income to the country.
“ As NDC, we demand that the Government takes the much needed infrastructure such as roads to this region. Most roads in Western province are still in a deplorable state. As a way of creating jobs, the Government should take the clarion call from the people of Western province to develop and open up the tourism sector in the region,” he said.
“We are concerned that since independence, the western part of our country still lags behind in terms of infrastructure development. Most tourism sites in this part of Zambia are hard to reach because the PF Government has no development agenda for the Province. It is high time that this regime stops depending on mining as a revenue generating venture. Zambia should learn from countries such as Kenya that have put a premium on the tourism industry”.
Luhila said tourism could be the mainstay of the economic activities in the province, especially that others sectors were diminishing.
“We have a number of tourists visiting Western province, but, many of them have expressed dismay at the luck of supporting infrastructure, ” said Luhila.
“The NDC in Government would encourage private sector participation in a bid to open up the tourism sector. Genuine investors in this sector need to be given incentives to encourage them to develop the industry”.