Sylvia Masebo at the launch of Machenje Lodge in the Kazungula District

Sylvia Masebo at the launch of Machenje Lodge in the Kazungula District

Government has officially launched an environmentally friendly lodge in Kazungula District which is one of the sites that will be visited by delegates to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly during their technical tours.

The Machenje Lodge, which built mainly using local raw materials such as grass and timber on the banks of the Zambezi River in Chief Sekute’s area, was launched in Kazungula on Tuesday by Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo.

Speaking during the launch, Ms Masebo said the opening of the lodge was timely as Zambia prepared to co-host the UNWTO General Assembly next week.

She said the Lodge was a clear example of a viable community-based conservation model involving the community in partnership with the private sector in contributing to tourism development and wildlife conservation.

“We have an example of a viable community-based conservation enterprise model involving communities in partnership with the private sector that contribute to tourism development and wildlife conservation,” Ms Masebo said.

She said Machenje Lodge was a clear testimony of the vital role non-governmental organisations (NGOs), communities and the private sector were playing and must continue to play in fostering potential tourism business opportunities if they are to contribute to the improvement of economic development of the country.

“Tourism has been identified as one of the key drivers for the social-economic development for the region due to its strong multiplier effects,” Ms Masebo said.

She congratulated the Sekute Community Development Trust under the leadership of Chief Sekute for their vision of using tourism as a vehicle to have development in their area.

“I would like to congratulate the Sekute Community Development Trust under the leadership of His Royal Highness Chief Sekute for their vision of using tourism as a vehicle to realise community development in their own area,” she said.

Kazungula District

From: www.times.co.zm

Date: 14 August 2013