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Old 04-03-2006, 06:36 AM   #15
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GOVERNMENT has called for the development of Ethno-tourism, which involves attracting tourists by maintaining ethnic or cultural identities.
Tourism and Environment Minister, Kabinga Pande, said many countries were tourism destinations because they maintained their culture and ethnicity.
Mr Pande said Ethno-tourism was about exploiting unique cultures and that was how countries such as Australia with their Aborigines people, Kenya with the Masaai and Botswana with their Bushmen were attracting tourists because of their unique heritage.
The minister was speaking in Kitwe on Friday night when he officiated at the Nsakwa Yaba Kaonde fundraising dinner for the Kamano Traditional ceremony to be held in May.
He said ethno-tourism ensured that even locals that were upholding culture, benefited from the tourism boom.
Mr Pande said the Kaonde people’s culture was rich and should be promoted for tourism as well.
He denounced politicians who were advocating politics along tribal lines saying this would bring divisions among the many tribes of Zambia.
And Nsakwa national chairman, Geoffrey Mukala, said the association was non-partisan and sought to promote culture and bring the tribe together and work with the Government of the day.
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