Zomba Tour Guide Association (Ztga) has said the country’s tourism industry can attract more tourists if the country’s cities are hygienic.
Ztga chairperson Jonas Beyadi made the remarks last week in Zomba at the end of a week-long sanitation exercise the association organised in collaboration with the forestry officials, police, businesspeople and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The exercise involved sweeping and collecting litter from Zomba Central Business District up to Zomba Mountain.
Said Beyadi: “Our objective is to improve the face of the city to attract more tourists and tourism investors who in turn will bring foreign currency that will enhance socio-economic development.”
He called on the residents of the old capital to play a pivotal role in enhancing the beauty of the city by volunteering in cleaning as well as championing good sanitation management.
“We urge the residents to ensure that the city is clean all the time as well as take to task service providers responsible for the hygiene of the city if they are not doing well in terms of cleanliness of the city,” he said.
Zomba Forest Lodge manager Thom Inch said apart from intensifying sanitation, the residents should also focus on replanting trees that were depleted in the city.
“Trees are a habitat for wildlife, which is the centre of attraction in the tourism industry. We urge people also to plant more trees and prevent setting of bush fires if the city is to retain its lost scenic beauty,” he said. n