Huge budget cut affects tourism ministry

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BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE

THE Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MCT) is unlikely to engage in any big project this year, it is reported.

This, according to the ministry’s permanent secretary Andrew Nihopara, is due to the government’s huge budget cuts.

Mr Nihopara said instead MCT will focus on the “tourism minimum standard” which is about trying to upgrade some of the tourism standard facilities in the country.

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He added that they will work on creating awareness about what the ministry’s standard requirements are and look at practical options to roll out the programme.

“That’s what we are basically focusing on,” said Nihopara.

He mentioned that they are also facilitating investor interests from overseas.

Nihopara says MCT can only work in line with what its budget can support.

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