Malawi will join fellow United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) member states in commemorating World Tourism Day which falls on September 27 every year under the theme “Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility”.
All Member states and destinations are being urged to promote accessibility to tourist facilities, attractions and services, transportation systems, information and communication channels for all including people with disabilities, children and the elderly.
Actually, Malawi designated the whole month of September as Tourism month. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Cliff Chiunda officially launched this year’s tourism month in Mchinji district in the central region of the southern African nation on September 1 but the climax will be commemorating of World Tourism Day with various activities at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in capital city, Lilongwe.
Tourism Chief Director, Elsie Tembo says in a press release that the objective of commemorating the World Tourism Day and Month is to create awareness to the general public about tourism makes to the socio-economic development of the country and also discuss available opportunities and challenges facing the tourism sector.
A number of tourism related activities have been planned during observance of tourism month and some of the activities include local and international musical events, street carnivals and cultural festivals spiced up with traditional dances in various places as well as the famous Lake of Stars Arts Festival at Chintheche in northern region lakeshore district of Nkhata Bay from September 30 to October 2, 2016.
Meanwhile, travellers to Likoma and Chizumulu Islands on Lake Malawi can now board the MV IIala which has resumed operations after she was withdrawn to undergo routine maintenance about a month ago. In her absence people travelled using MV Chilembwe, MV Chambo and smaller boats like MV Lamani and MV Malungo. MV Chilembwe has since been withdrawn for maintenance after hitting a rock on its way to Likoma recently.
The MV Ilala
The resumption of operations of MV Ilala is good news to people of Likoma and fun lovers who are gearing up for Likoma Festival, Malawi’s only Island festival from October 14 to October 17.
Likoma Festival includes a ship cruise from Monkey Bay to Likoma and from Nkhata Bay to the Island. The MV Ilala which was commissioned in 1951 is the most preferred vessel for the big event which will, among other interesting things, enable visitors sample traditional dances and tour various places including the gigantic St. Peter’s Cathedral of the Anglican Church.