In an effort to improve tourism in the country, the Copperbelt University (CBU) has introduced an undergraduate training programme in Tourism and Hospitality.
While speaking during the Commemorations of the World Tourism Day in Kitwe, CBU Vice Chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma said:
“The Copperbelt University recognizes the important role the tourism industry plays in national development hence its decision to contribute to the development of the industry through the introduction of the Tourism and Hospitality study programme that will commence next year.”
The initiative has been well- received by the University as will benefit the rural development of tourism in the country’s Northern circuit. New plans may arise to adopt and develop tourism attraction centres which will also be used as training centres for students.
The feasibility study has been successfully conducted in some parts of the Northern Circuit with the intention of developing national heritage sites. Some selected sites include Ntumbachushi, Kabwelume, Lumangwe and Kasaba bay in the northern circuit.
The tourism sector might also fortunately drive recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through the inclusion of rural communities where the sector is a leading employer and economic pillar.
To conclude the announcement, Kitwe District Agriculture Coordinator Rapheal Muyaule, Mr. Bweupe said: “Rural tourism needs to be encouraged to promote infrastructure development in rural areas, promote domestic tourism and creation of employment and income generation for the rural population.”