The Malawian government is working on developing risk management plans for the tourism industry as it gears up to resume international flights in the first week of September.

This is according to Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Michael Bizwuick Usi, who was quoted by the Malawi News Agency as saying the plans would ensure proper management of the current COVID-19 crisis and assist the tourism sector to get back on its feet.

“After engaging with a broad section of industry stakeholders, the government has suspended the tourism levy, and negotiated with the banking sector on the deferment of loan repayments,” said Usi.

On a recent visit to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Chikwawa, Usi urged local communities to support the tourism industry. “People should not think that our game reserves are made for outsiders or international tourists. The locals should also take part by visiting them to appreciate the beautiful species we have in this country.”

Field Operations Manager of Majete Wildlife Reserve, Gervaz Thamala, said there was good co-ordination with communities in the park’s surrounding areas that had led to job opportunities for them inside the park.

“There have been business opportunities arising from this and we have provided scholarships to over 100 students on top of other benefits,” said Thamala.

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