Welcome to this second edition of Destination Malawi, showcasing the best of Malawi tourism to our valued guests, to members of the travel trade and, indeed, to all who wish to sample the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.
We at the Ministry are particularly happy with the travel trade’s response to the launch edition of Destination Malawi and I hope this second edition, describing some of the new properties and exciting tourism opportunities now on offer, will reinforce the positive image of our country in the eyes of would-be visitors.
There have been exciting developments in Malawi since the first edition was launched at the World Travel Market in London in 2010. We have seen the completion of Malawi’s first-ever international conference facility and five-star hotel in the heart of the capital, Lilongwe, and we believe this will fulfil an important requirement in the MICE sector.
Other properties that have changed the tourism landscape include various new hotels in Lilongwe, including the five-star Sogecoa Golden Peacock, with more under construction and set for completion in 18 months or so.
Efforts by the Government to improve hotel services have been enhanced by the grading exercise that began about two years ago. A number of properties have been awarded three or four stars and others look set to achieve five-star status as the process of grading continues.
More exciting still has been the progress made by our country in wildlife management. The Majete Wildlife Reserve is now home to Malawi’s Big Five thanks to a private-public partnership with African Parks, while efforts to increase wildlife numbers in Liwonde National Park are bearing fruit. The park now contains a variety of wildlife and is also a sanctuary for the endangered black rhino. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has also been enhanced with the opening of two upmarket lodges and the Government has programmes in place, with private sector support, that will make Nkhotakota one of the best parks in the country. In addition, there are plans to refurbish Kasungu National Park – only 200 km from Lilongwe – through restocking of wildlife and conservation efforts.
The Government now regards tourism as a priority sector and will give the industry every assistance in its efforts to contribute more to the national economy in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS).
The Ministry will continue to work with the private sector to promote Malawi as a unique destination of choice. I hope you will find this second edition of Destination Malawi, whether in hard copy or online, a useful guide to all you seek and require as a valued guest in our country.
Isaac Dalton Katopola
Director of Tourism
Malawi Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Culture