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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:08

Government promoting Universal Tourism Accessibility

Written by  Ida Kazembe

Blantyre, September 6: The Department of Tourism has organized a number of activities taking on board a cross section of the country’s society.

The activities that celebrate September as the World Tourism Month aim at promoting universal accessibility of services and tourism infrastructure.

Tourism for all; Promoting Universal Accessibility, is the theme for this year’s celebrations which also focus on ensuring that people with disabilities participate and appreciate the various tourist attraction destinations that the country has.

According to the Southern Region Tourism Officer Christine Chimangeni, the department has organized for members of the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) to visit Lengwe National Park in Chikwawa on September10as part of promoting tourism accessibility.

Every year on September 27, Malawi joins United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Member States in commemorating the World Tourism Day. 

The 2016 World Tourism Day will be commemorated under the theme “Tourism for All; Promoting Universal Accessibility,” explained Chimangeni.

Moreover, the department has organized a Blantyre Tourism Street Carnival which will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm along Hannover Street and Henderson Street in Blantyre.

Chimangeni explained that the Blantyre Tourism Street Carnival’s main objective is to provide a platform for the general public to appreciate the various products and services being offered by the tourism sector and its supporting sectors.

“It also aims at encouraging Malawians to appreciate the tourist attractions and encourage Malawians to travel locally in line with the Buy Malawi Strategy through exhibition of tourism facilities and services,” she added.

The event will start with a Street Parade, led by the Malawi Prison Brass Band from the Clock Tower in Blantyre, through Haile Seilaisse Road to Victoria Avenue and finally into Henderson/Hannover Street.

Activities at the Street Carnival will include: exhibitions by tourism operators and industry suppliers; live band performances; traditional dances, display of artifacts and curios, traditional foods, kids entertainment such as jumping castles and water slides, among others.

The main performers at the event will include Mizu Band, Malawi Prison Brass Band, Prison Cultural Troupe, Chichiri Cultural Troupe, and Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT) Students Concert.  

Sunbird Hotels and Resorts, Serendib Hotels, Sun n’ Sand/Hippo view, Malawi Gaming Board, Kenya Airways, CBR Tours, Malawi Institute of Tourism, Chilembwe Lodge, Martins Tasty Foods, Country Wide Car Hire, Travel Port, TNM Limited and The Diamond Chicken are some of the exhibitors expected to grace the event.

Government designated the month of September as the National Tourism Month and this year’s tourism month was launched by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Joseph Mwanamvekha on September 1 at Mchinji Community Grounds in Mchinji District.


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