By ZamChro Correspondent
Transport and Communications Deputy Minister, Mubika Mubika has urged Zambians to invest in the airline industry. Mr. Mubika says the government wants to see Zambians participate in the running of businesses in the airline sector.
He said government will not delay in offering licenses to Zambians with resources to invest in the airline business.
And Mr. Mubika has said the global economic crisis has not spared the airline industry in the Southern African nation.
The Transport and Communications Deputy Minister said the airlines have recorded a reduction in the number of tourists flying into the country.
And the European Union says it is willing to fund the construction of roads to improve access to Kasaba Bay and other tourism sites in the Northern Circuit.
European Commission Head of Delegation in Zambia, Derek Fee, says although the Commission does not directly fund tourism, it can provide money to construct roads.
He said that a good road network will increase the number tourists visiting places such as Lake Tanganyika. Dr. Fee said currently tourists are not able to visit Kasaba Bay or other attractions in Northern and Luapula Provinces because of bad roads.
The Zambian government has embarked on a program to rehabilitate Kasaba Bay, one of the tourism attractions in the country. Recently a team of government ministers and other officials visited Kasaba bay to look at how best the resort can be revamped.
In January this year President Rupiah Banda disclosed that government would turn Mbala Air Force Base into an international airport to increase passage of tourists to the area. Mbala Air Force Base is one of the most sophisticated air bases on the continent of Africa.
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