Tourism industry has been singled out as one of the major key drivers of social and economic development and tipped to replace tobacco industry as major foreign exchange earner for the country.
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Henry Mussa said this in Lilongwe when he was officially announcing that his ministry is set to host the 2018 International Tourism Expo dubbed as “Takulandirani” scheduled from April 26 to 28.
According to Mussa, the expo intends to bring business investors, local and international exhibitors, buyers and individuals together for a conversation on tourism promotion, networking and collaboration as government recognizes the urgent need for economic diversification.
“This event echoes the 2017 tourism expo which contributed the country to be positioned in the top three destination for tourism in the world,” he explained.
Mussa said Malawians should expect good things from this year’s event because already people worldwide have expressed interest to attend the expo.
“I can confirm that 50 international media and buyers and also 150 local and international exhibitors have confirmed to participate the event,” Mussa said.
The minister took the opportunity to urge Malawians to be on forefront in supporting the tourism sector by patronizing and marketing tourism centres.
Tourism expo’s provides a forum for business opportunities, partnerships, sharing of best practices and marketing of ideas, services and products.