Minister of Tourism Charles Banda says Zambia’s cultural heritage must be preserved for the benefit of future generations.
Mr. Banda says Zambians must at all times protect their rich and unique cultural heritage from distortion by western influence.
ZANIS reports that the Minister said this when he called on Northern Province Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba at his office in Kasama.
He advised Dr. Kalumba to ensure that all heritage sites found in Northern Province were well documented and preserved to enhance tourism in the area.
He also has also encouraged Zambians to take time to visit various heritage sites dotted across the country and help promote local tourism.
There is need to blend the cultural tourism with the other forms of tourism to give foreign tourists diverse aspects of enjoying the tourism potential in Zambia, he said.
And Dr. Kalumba appealed to the Ministry of Tourism to consider establishing cultural villages at tourism sites like Chishimba Falls so as to enable tourists stay longer in Northern Province and view other tourism sites in the process.
He also informed the Minister that the Provincial Administration has increased its marketing awareness on the numerous tourism sites in the regionto increase tourist in-flows.
Dr. Kalumba further said the rehabilitation of access roads to tourism sites is already underway and that more tourists were likely to visit tourism sites this year in Northern Province.
Mr Banda is in the provincial captial to grace this year’s commemoration of the World Heritage Day, which will be held at Mwela Rocks Historical Site tomorrow.