Government says it is determined to promote tourist destinations on the Copperbelt to create jobs for local people.
Ministry of Tourism and Arts permanent secretary George Zulu said in an interview yesterday that Government wants to open up tourist destinations on the Copperbelt to the public.
“Apart from looking at just various tourist attractions on the Copperbelt, Government will promote the mining sector as of the major tourist attractions in the province,” Mr Zulu said.
He said Copperbelt Province is endowed with rich natural resources and towns like Luanshya, where the Roan Antelope was discovered, should be promoted.
“We need to promote that area were a Roan Antelope was discovered as part of Zambia’s tourism attraction. Now that the budget is out for next year, we will line up a lot of programmes to promote the Copperbelt as a tourist attraction,” Mr Zulu said.
|Fast facts: Copperbelt Province|
|Copperbelt Region||500 million year old mountain chain, the Lufilian Arc, which formed when two pieces of continental crust, the Kalahari craton and the Congo craton, collided. This collision was one of the many that happened between 700 and 500 million years ago to form the Gondwana supercontinent.|
|Wildlife areas||There are no national parks, only parks with wildlife aspects are Chembe Bird Sanctuary and Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.|
|Copperbelt Province is divided into 10 districts||Chililabombwe, Chingola, Kalulushi, Kitwe, Luanshya, Lufwanyama, Masaiti, Mpongwe, Mufulira, Ndola|
|Population||Approximately 2 million|
A Chingola resident, Joshua Mwaba, welcomed plans by Government to promote the Copperbelt as a tourist destination.
Mr Mwaba, a former tour guide, said the Kapisha hot springs, Chimfunshi Chimpanzee Orphanage and the open pit mines should be promoted as tourist destinations.
He said attracting tourists to the area and the mining industry will also result in increased investments in the sector.
Date: 16 October 2013