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Government to select hotels for guests as flights resume

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Joshua Malango

The Ministry of Transport has said it will identify hotels in the hospitality industry that will be hosting visitors from outside the country once flights resume in the first week of September.

This, they say, will help the government easily trace Covid-19 cases once the foreign guests are in the country.

In an interview the ministry spokesperson, James Chakwera, said all preparations for the resumption of flights are going as planned and that the ministry is partnering hospitality players on the same.

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“The hotels will be specifically selected by government. Visitors will have to choose which hotel based on their budget because they will have to pay for themselves,” Chakwera explained.

However it is unclear as to what criteria the government will use in selecting the hotels as both Chakwera and Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango kept tossing the issues to one another.

Malango confirmed the development saying some hotels have already started reaching out to the ministry to be considered under the initiative.

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The government of Malawi halted flights in April this year to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The hotel industry is one of the worst hit by the pandemic with big companies resorting to shed off employees to remain in business.

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