Zambia has called on the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to work hard towards ensuring Agenda 2030 on Tourism is developed as a smart, competitive and responsible sector.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Charles Banda said it was imperative that UNWTO Executive Council members and other affiliated Members realised the organisation’s vision aimed at advocating and advancing tourism as a Key Sector for Agenda 2030.
According to Voyages Afriq, the Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 110th Session of the Executive Council when he delivered his communication to the Council members in Baku, Azerbaijan, in his capacity as Chair of the Executive Council.
Hon. Banda pointed out that in the past four decades the world had witnessed the burgeoning expansion and diversification of the tourism industry, unarguably, becoming one of the world's largest industries and a primary economic driver of the recent time.
The Minister added that New exotic destinations were constantly coming up in the African Continent, surpassing the traditional tourist magnets in both North America and Europe.