By NATION REPORTER
Zambians have been urged to start embracing the country’s historical background in order to grow the local tourism sector.
A concerned Siavonga resident Haswell Tembo, said Zambians must move away from the tendency of always priding themselves in telling and learning other countries history but instead start embracing their own historical background.
He said Zambia’s could do this through story telling of the country’s rich history, if tourism sector was to fully develop.
He said it was high time Zambians embraced and viewed tourism with an open mind because every place in Zambia was unique with an ancient story to be tell, yet so much had not been told about the country to the outside world.
‘’I have noted that all foreign countries have told amazing stories about their history, for example the movies about the Great Wall of China or the Egyptian Pyramids. These movies encourage many people to go there to visit the sites which is not the case with Zambia,” he said.
Mr Tembo encouraged all patriotic Zambians to take centre stage in identifying unique things and sites within their localities which they can document and share to the outside world through social media platforms.
Meanwhile, locals in the Namoomba area in the lower Zambezi River in Siavonga district have called on Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to develop and market of the Namoomba hot springs to attract more visitors to the site.
Mr Cephasy Matua said the Namoomba hot springs if properly developed and marketed, could generate employment opportunities for the many jobless youths in the area.
He said part of the Tourism levy Government was correcting from Hotel and lodges in Siavonga district, should be channelled towards developing tourism sites such as Namoomba hot springs.
He further called on Government to construct a better road along the lower Zambezi River for easy movement of tourists to the area.
He said the area was a sanctuary for migratory birds which tourists would want to visit for bird viewing but were discouraged because the place lacked proper infrastructure.