Botswana prioritises tourism in its 2016 budget

first_imgThe tourism sector in Botswana has the potential to contribute positively to growth and job creation, said Minister of Finance and Development Planning.Presenting the 2016 budget speech, Kenneth Matambo said the government would continue to create an enabling environment for tourism businesses including encouraging joint partnerships between individuals, citizen companies and non-citizens.A number of initiatives were also being undertaken which include the Dams Tourism project, Gaborone Precinct project and the Kasane-Kazungula Redevelopment project currently under preparation.Matambo mentioned that Botswana was voted the best destination country to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet Publication, a global travel and tourism publication.According to Botswana’s tourism report Q2 2016, tourism in the country has shown a rapid growth with high profile marketing campaigns, improving transport, and accommodation infrastructure helping to attract more high spend visitors from affluent European and Asian source markets. Over the long term, the country could develop a major safari holiday destination to rival more established markets.last_img