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MUKWIMA CHILALA writes in Samfya

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ZAMBIA the ability to turn its vast tourism potential into the number one gross domestic product (GDP) contributor and becoming the tourist hub in Africa, says visiting Kenya’s Mochakos County deputy governor Francis Maliti.

Mr Maliti who was over the weekend in Samfya at the invitation of the Luapula Expo management to grace the 2019 summer festival as well as Kalusha Bwalya and Samuel Matete festivities .

He said that Zambia could emulate Kenya by investing in its tourism sector which he said had so much potential to becoming the number one contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP). Maliti said that before 2013 Kenya’s tourism sector was not as booming as it was now, but with a robust transformation agenda the Mochakos County and central government began to invest and also market its tourism sector to the world.

“Before 2013 we did not have big tourism sector, we started a robust agenda to transform Mochakos into a tourism hub not only in East Africa but the entire continent,’’

“And it has now paid off, we are now a big hub in terms of tourism, every year we receive millions of tourists in Mochakos alone and our biggest economic activity is tourism and tea growing,” Mr Maliti said

And Luapula Province minister Nickson Chilangwa said that his provincial administration would continue to learn from their Kenyan counterparts on how to develop the tourism sector.

Mr Chilangwa said that his administration would harness the potential that the province possessed.

The Luapula Expo organized a summer festival last weekend which attracted thousands of revellers at the Samfya beach. The Summer festival was also proceeded by a 10 kilometre marathon walk in which Mr Maliti participated alongside sports icons Kalusha Bwalya and Samuel Matete.

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