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Tourism industry loses K40bn due to COVID-19

Written by  Hassan Phiri

Malawi tourism industry  is said to have lost over 40  billion kwacha in the past four months due to COVID 19 pandemic. Public Relations Officer for the ministry Milca Manyozo told MBC that the development is due to global travel ban that was instituted to prevent further spread of the pandemic.

Milca Manyozo: Ministry of Tourism PRO Milca Manyozo: Ministry of Tourism PRO

Manyozo said in the past four months of COVI-19 over 35 thousand people working in the tourism and hospitality industry have lost their jobs. As that is not enough the country has lost over 40 billion Malawi kwacha.

"The tourism industry in Malawi earns about 13.5 Billion kwacha monthly, so the past four months starting from February, the industry has lost over 40 billion kwacha,” said Manyozo.

Manyozo further said the Tourism industry contributes about seven percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product-GDP.  

One of the country's tourism destination Lake Malawi national park world heritage site situated in Mangochi is currently facing challenges where visitors are no longer coming to appreciate the golden sands and enjoy the beautiful scenery at the site. The development has left the site which stocks Mbuna Fish deserted.

Mwithokona says one unique thing about Lake Malawi National park is its Mbuna fish which is found only in Malawi at the site. However Mwithokona said Covid 19 has highly affected business operations at the site.

"If you can compare the same time last year from January to June we received over five thousand tourists but this year in 2020 we have only received less than 1500 local visitors,” said Mwithokona.

Malawi is blessed with a lot of natural beautiful sites that attracts tourists from across the global. But the novel COVID-19 pandemic has left mountains, well stocked animal game reserves and beautiful beaches along the lakes very quite.

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