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The government has said the country’s tourism sector can turn around the economy if key players invest in, and prioritise, professionalism.

Director of Museums and Monuments in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Lovemore Mazibuko said the current economic crisis, which is a global problem, can partly be addressed if professional entrepreneurs in the tourism sector pump in resources to boost tourism in the country.

Mazibuko was speaking when he officially opened the Malawi National Tourism Incubation Centre established at Mzuzu University (Mzuni), a campus which is training entrepreneurs and students in the tourism industry.

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He said the 2018 country tourism report showed that the majority of tourism centres were providing substandard services, a development which prompted the government to introduce the incubation centre to help address the problem.

“Tourism can help bring forex to the country thereby helping boost our economy. However, it needs patriotic Malawian entrepreneurs who have passion in the tourism industry that are ready to use professionals so that they provide quality services.

“This Malawi National Tourism Incubation Centre has come as a relief to the industry. Let us train more entrepreneurs and come up with serious business ideas that can be implemented to meet high standards,” Mazibuko said.

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Mzuni Deputy Vice Chancellor Wapulumuka Mulwafu said the institution is committed to contributing towards the realisation of the Malawi 2063 agenda by producing reliable human capital.

Mulwafu added that Mzuni focuses on training students to be independent.

“Our programmes are in line with Malawi 2063 vision and we are helping the government to ensure that students we produce are not only employed in the tourism sector but are also job creators,” Mulwafu said.

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