Director of tourism Isaac Katopola, in an interview last week, said the designs and costing of the project have already been done.
“The whole project is expected to cost K3 billion ($18 million) and will have state-of-the art facilities. The project will be funded by government under the Public Sector Investment Programme,” he said.
He said the Lilongwe campus will enrol over 400 students.
The Blantyre campus has an enrolment capacity of 250 students and does not have boarding facilities.
He said the Lilongwe campus will be built in phases.
“In the first phase, we will build laboratories, classroom and administration blocks. In the second phase, we will construct hostels and a cafeteria. We will also upgrade Alendo Hotel where students will do their practicals,” said Katopola.
Under the Public Sector Investment Programme, government allocated funds for implementation of 10 tourism development projects: the Lilongwe campus, construction of access roads to resort areas in Salima, development of Kamuzu Memorial Park, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries, development of Chongoni Art World Heritage Site and construction of model cultural villages.