8 IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM IN MALAWI

  • MALAWI has earned foreign exchange in form of invisible export from thousands of tourists who visit the country from Europe, Asia and from other continents due to her tourist potentials. Such income has been used to rehabilitate roads, set up heath units, etc.
  • The industry has provided employment opportunities to many MALAWIANS such as those working in Hotel like Serena, tour and travel agencies, game guides. This has earned income to workers and thus improved standards of living.
  • It has led to conservation of wildlife of flora and fauna through gazetting and restricting of areas. this has helped to modify MALAWI’s climate by forests and protecting her heritage for the future generations.
  • Tourism facilitates the development of important infrastructure such as air field, health units, lodges for tourist accommodation. These have led to the development of MALAWI.
  • It has promoted and reflected the cultural heritage of MALAWI i.e. historical sites, museums, cultural sites, all protect MALAWI’s image abroad.
  • Tourism has led to development of the craft industry and agricultural sector through providing market to the products of such sectors. This means provision of more jobs and income from craft industry thus improved living standards of MALAWIANS.
  • Tourism has led to diversification of MALAWI’s economy from over dependence on the agricultural sector. This has resulted into increased foreign exchange used to set up schools and health centers thus MALAWI’s development.
  • It has improved on international relationship between Uganda and the countries like Norway, Germany and Britain, where tourists come from. This has helped MALAWI to become politically stable.
  • Training of skilled man power like hotel attendants, game guides, etc.
  • Government revenue through taxing tourist transport companies, tourists hotels, etc.
  • Growth of urban centers
  • Promoted environmental conservation through forest reserves, gazzetting of national parks.
  • It has promoted education and research in botany and zoology.

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