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Tourism sector under ‘threat’

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There seems to be no clear direction on whether austerity measures employed by the government will be waived to allow players in the tourism industry, plying along the lakeshore, resuscitate their business.

This follows a series of negotiations the Malawi Tourism Council (MTC) has had with the authorities, pleading for a review of the austerity measures.

In an Interview, MTC Chairperson Justin Dzinkambani said silently there have been some government businesses going on at the lake, which is promising for the businesses.

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“It would be too soon now to go back to the table to get statistics about the gain and the loss because this ban happened not long ago and we are still monitoring the businesses to see what will transpire. But currently business is still slow,” Dzinkambani said.

Acting Director of Tourism Sostsen Lingwalanya said the measures are still in effect.

“We will continue to follow what was put into effect. Formally, we have not been communicated to by the OPC and, in the public sector, we always wait for an official communication,” Lingwalanya said.

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Earlier, MTC indicated that players operating in lakeshore districts have lost an estimated K2 billion since the government imposed a ban on lakeshore conferences.

It further indicated that about 400 jobs were under threat, with some institutions already shedding off employees.

On June 8 2022 Secretary to the President and Cabinet Colleen Zamba announced at a meeting with principal secretaries from various government ministries and departments that the government had banned lakeshore meetings for all civil servants.

Zamba indicated that all meetings were to be held within duty stations and that board meetings for parastatals must be held in boardrooms, a development that troubled tourism sector players.

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