LIWONDE (Malawi NewsNow) – Malawi is making strides in the promotion of tourism, British High Commissioner to Malawi Holly Tett has observed, saying the recent passing of the new Wildlife and National Parks Act was a clear indication of this progress.
Tett said this at Liwonde National Park on Tuesday when she joined a group officials and journalist in witnessing the second phase of translocation of elephants from the park to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.
“Stiff punishments to wildlife offenders are key to the promotion of tourism as the penalties send a strong warning to would-be perpetrators.
On the translocation of elephants, Tett said the exercise is quite significant in as far as promotion of tourism is concerned because the initiative is trying to repopulate other protected areas like Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.
“The process is coming at a right time when Malawi has just passed the amended Wildlife and Nationa Parks Act. The enforcement of this law will help protecting these elephants wherever they are going,” Tett said.
She said United Kingdom (UK) will continue to support Malawi in promoting tourism.
“With our shared history and common interests, Malawi is an important partner for the UK. I look forward to strengthening our partnership further on a foundation of mutual affection and respect – delivering concrete outcomes that support development, prosperity and security in Malawi and the UK,” Tett said.
She, therefore, appealed to the Malawi government to create an environment ideal for investment and business like sound policies and decent infrastructures for the growth of tourism in the country.
“The Government should also continue to ensure safety and security for people and their investments because all these promote tourism.
“If Malawi is to improve its economic situation further, then great efforts to develop the tourism industry are a good way. There are a lot of precious natural resources that can be developed into a national park for visitors,” she said.
During the current second phase of translocation, 280 elephants are expected to be moved from Liwonde National Park, with 250 going to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and the rest to Nyika National Park in Rumphi