Tourism and arts minister Sylvia Masebo has challenged the local hospitality industry to actively promote Zambian dishes in their in-house cuisines.
Hotels and Catering Association of Zambia North Western chairperson Christopher Mandala has appealed for a one-stop business levy as opposed to multiple levies on hoteliers.
Masebo said at the 49th HCAZ annual general meeting under the theme ‘Tourism and Hospitality: enhancing the mining industry’ held at Kansanshi Hotel in Solwezi that hoteliers should take advantage of local cultural resources in adding value to the promotion of tourism.
Masebo said the initiative was also an opportunity for training institutions to introduce formal training tailored to preparing local dishes and maintaining high culinary standards.
“I am calling on this association to urge its members to mainstream Zambian dishes on the menus in Zambian hotels and restaurants. I would like you to ensure that Zambian dishes are on the daily menus in our hotels and restaurants,” Masebo said in a speech read for her by North Western Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba recently.
She noted that mining was a strategic partner for the growth of the hospitality industry in North Western Province.
Masebo said the PF government had positioned tourism as a growth point for diversifying the economy with potential for increasing wealth and employment creation.
She said in staying competitive and keeping high standards, hoteliers should go beyond just offering hospitality to ensure culinary services are healthy and nutritious for a healthy nation.
And Seyuba said during a cocktail held ahead of the annual general meeting at Changachanga Lodge on Thursday evening that hoteliers should constantly assess customer needs to continue being relevant.
He said there was a huge appetite for hospitality industry in the region and assured that government was working on improving roads in North Western with major works earmarked for Solwezi-Chingola road.
Mandala said HCAZ members were lobbying for a one-stop business levy where the restaurant levy was inclusive as opposed to being a separate tax.
Mandala said the face-lift on the Solwezi Airport to land bigger planes was an important boost to the industry and added that good roads were a major compliment to the growth of the hospitality industry.
Date: 12 October 2013