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Tourism body seals 32 hospitality units

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The Tourism and Hotels Board has ordered the closure of 31 hospitality units across the country for operating below the minimum acceptable standards as stipulated in the Tourism and Hotels Act.

The board has also recommended the re-inspection of 283 other units within the next 30 days.

The Tourism and Hotels Act Cap 50:01 demands that tourism enterprises only operate when they are dully licensed by the Tourism and Hotels board upon meeting stipulated minimum standards.

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Most of the 31 condemned hospitality establishments are rest houses.

Of the 31, one is in Balaka, two in Blantyre, two in Chikwawa, one in Machinga, five in Lilongwe, four in Salima, one in Ntchisi, three in Kasungu, four in Rumphi, six in Mzimba, two in Mchinji and one in Ntcheu.

A statement from the board says a total of 726 hospitality units were approved for licensing.

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Malawi co n t inues to struggle in its efforts to position tourism as a sector that can contribute more to economic growth. Challenges range from poor marketing, substandard tourism infrastructure as well as the absence of direct international flights into Malawi from destinations such as Europe and the United States.

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