Lake Malawi. (Photo: iStock)
With the aim of creating fast and efficient travel to even
more parts of Africa, Malawi plans on building a new international airport that
will allow travellers to fly direct to Lake Malawi.
The announcement was made by Malawi’s President, Arthur
Peter Mutharika at
the country’s State of the Nation Address.
“As Government, we will continue to provide infrastructure
that facilitates tourism. In Mangochi, we will expedite plans to construct a
new airport that can take the world directly to Lake Malawi,” he
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According to Mutharika, in May Malawi was recognised by CNN
as “one of the best 15 destinations to be visited in the world”.
“Government remains committed to develop the tourism sector
by providing enabling policy and legal frameworks. We have therefore developed
the National Tourism Policy and the National Wildlife Policy. We are also
inviting serious investors to invest in tourism,’ he adds at the Address.
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In addition to the new airport, he says that better infrastructure
such as access roads will be provided to more tourism facilities.
“Nyika National Park is rated in the top ten of the most
beautiful places in Africa. The road from Rumphi to Nthalire and Chitipa via
the national park should make this park more accessible to the world,” he says.
He also urged Malawi’s Tourism Ministry to create more global networks that sell
the country to the world, saying "There is demand for information on Malawi out there."