Written by A MARAPOST CORRESPONDENT
BLANTYRE--Tourism operators in the country should employ sustainable energy practices to attract more affluent tourists, says Sosten Yobe Lingwalanya who is a deputy director at the ministry of tourism.
“In reference to this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Sustainable Energy; Powering Sustainable Development’, we believe that if all tourism operators in the country begin to use sustainable energy practices above the normal energy sources, they can reduce the costs that come with it while attracting the tourists,” Lingwalanya was quoted by Malawi News Agency as saying.
Sustainable tourism practices reduce emissions which is an exciting innovation in energy conservation which, he said, creates economic opportunities across the globe.
“At the same time, high paying tourists are now more conscious as they want to visit tourism establishments that have embraced sustainable practices including sustainable energy use which is more clean [and] less on noise pollution and much safer than other forms of energy sources both to the visitor and the environment,” Lingwalanya said.
The ministry has a number of activities for this year’s National Tourism Week and the World Tourism Day which will be launched September 20 by Tourism Minister Daniel Liwimbi at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Journalists will tour areas where sustainable energy practices are being implemented to help explain how that affects tourism.
World Tourism Day will be commemorated on September 27.
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