Government says more employment opportunities would be created in the tourism sector as a measure of cushioning the impact of job losses in the mining sector.
Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Minister, Catherine Namugala, said government is focusing on measures of opening up more tourist destinations in Northern province and other parts of the country to promote growth in the industry.
She told ZANIS in Mfuwe today that efforts are being made to develop basic infrastructure in potential areas before they could be opened up for tourism activities.
She indicated intentions by government to open up the Northern circuit, which would create a passage for tourist visiting destinations in that part of the country.
Zambia is among other African countries that have suffered massive job loses in the mining sector in the wake of a global economic down-turn that has resulted in a decline in copper prices on the international market.
The slump in copper prices has forced many mining companies especially on the Copperbelt province to lay off some workers as a measure of scaling down production costs and sustain operations.