Former Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Teddy Kasonso says there hasn’t been sufficient investment in the tourism sector to spur rapid development in the sector since 2011.
Speaking in an interview Mr Kasonso said the shift in policy by the PF government from what the MMD left in place has hampered the development of the tourism sector in the country.
He said the former ruling party had envisioned a situation where tourist would spend more time in the country and had started improving and developing infrastructure in the Northern circuit to attract investors in the tourism sector but that it has stalled since the take over of government by the PF.
He said the Northern circuit has massive Tourism potential but lacks the the infrastructure to support the sector hence the deliberate policies by the former party to develop infrastructure in the region.
He said the idea was not only to attract tourist but to ensure that tourist spent more time in the country which would in turn make them spend more money before living.
He has since called for more concerted efforts in improving infrastructure in the Northern circuit so as to have the circuit opened up for business.
He said doing so will help alleviate employment challenges and earn the country the much needed income as tourists will have more spots to visit as opposed to the current happenings where tourist visit the Victoria falls for thirty minutes then fry out of the country to the neighboring countries where they spend more time and money.