To boost tourism, Karonga was allocated K8.6 billion

 Monday, July 18, 2022 


Michael Usi, the Minister of tourism, Culture and Wildlife, has explained that government in 2022 will start investing K8.6 billion behind construction of tourism infrastructure like at Songwe Border in Karonga District, building a 40-seat restaurant.

The progress of this project is under the National Tourism Investment Master Plan introduced on April 4, 2022 by the President, Lazarus Chakwera, in Lilongwe. It would run from 2022 to 2048 with one hundred and three projects set aside for execution.

At Karonga Freedom Park, Michael Usi broke the news on Thursday in the middle of his awareness meetings conducted in series in districts where National Tourism Investment Master Plan projects will be located comprising Nkhotakota, Mulanje and Mangochi

He said that the investment here in Karonga comprises a Songwe Border transit facility. It will comprise a 40-seat restaurant with outside shaded seating arrangements, fast food outlet, a 24 room motel, ATM facilities, and playground for children and public toilets as well. This project is anticipated to cost around K8.6 billion.

In the whole world, he said that tourism is one of the fastest growing industries and has potential to erase poverty and perk up livelihood of those involved in the chain of distribution of the tourism products and services.

The minister also explained that the country can profit if the tourism industry is well arranged via infrastructure like roads in excellent conditions, other forms of communication, electricity, and safe drinking water.

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