Tourism constributes to environmental degradation-President Sata
President Michael Sata has said that he is concerned with the impact of tourism on the environment. The president said this when he met with United Nations World Tourism organisation (UNWTO) secretary general Taleb Rifai in Livingstone.
Mr Sata said tourism contributes to the pollution of the environment regardless of the type of tourists that visit Livingstone. He said in Mpika where he comes from there are a lot of rivers, which are still unknown to the people as making them tourist destinations would pollute the environment.
“We want to ensure that the place is natural and that is why we don’t want any tourist or the area to be known,” he said.
The President arrived in Livingstone Southern Province ahead of the signing ceremony of the Trilateral hosting agreement for the 2013 United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly.
President Sata, his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai are expected to sign the agreement at the Victoria Falls border.
The Head of State, who arrived at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport at 10:16 hours this morning, was received by Southern province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta, Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda, senior government officials, Service Chiefs and Patriotic Front party officials.
The President is accompanied by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah.
Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to co-host the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in 2013.