Botswana is taking steps to open up to holidaymakers in a bid to diversify its economy away from diamonds, an official said in Gaborone on Wednesday, 30 January 2019.
The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism spokesperson, Daniel Moatshe said that the ministry and other stakeholders will converge in the capital to discuss and review its tourism policy of 1990.
He said the objective of the meeting is to ensure that there is easy and unhindered access for prospective tourists to and within Botswana and to ensure entrepreneurs fully subscribe to the standards.
According to Moatshe, the aim of the meeting is also to elevate the recognition of tourism as a priority growth sector in Botswana, as well as to adequately fund and aggressively develop and promote the sector.
Moatshe said it is also aimed at increasing and growing the contribution of tourism to the GDP as well as developing world-class infrastructure for the facilitation of tourism. Further to that, it is also aimed at advancing investment in tourism and creating a conducive and stable business environment. In addition to the above, it further seeks to employ the best practices of environmental management and conservation in the tourism sector in order to be a globally acknowledged leader in environmental and nature conservation.