By Wezzie Gausi
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife has said the tourism industry needs new laws that are applicable to current demands of the sector, hence the decision to start reviewing its legal framework which has been there since 1960s.
Principal Secretary for Tourism Chauncy Simwaka said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe during commemorations marking World Tourism Day.
He said with the old laws, the country is limited when it comes to adoption of some new innovations in the sector.
“We are doing consultations with all stakeholders to make sure that we include all views of the players in the sector. The country needs a legal framework that is in line with modern trends. A lot has changed in the industry; as such, the legal framework has to follow suit,” Simwaka said.
Malawi Tourism Council Board Member Temwa Kanjadza emphasised the need to be more conscious of environmental issues when coming up with innovations to do with tourism in Malawi.
Kanjadza said the restoration and protection of forestry was paramount if the tourism industry were to grow.
“We are also urging all players in the tourism sector to produce products that align with international tourists’ needs.
“Malawi has a lot of things that can be used for tourism attraction but we just need to explore more,” Kanjadza said.
This year’s world tourism day was commemorated under the theme ‘Re-thinking Tourism’.
In 2021, Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Minister Michael Usi announced that the ministry had secured $800,000 (K660 million) matching grants from the African Development Bank for small scale tourism players.