Government urged to empower Zambians run the tourism sector.

Government has been challenged to put up a law that will allow Zambians benefit more from the tourism sector by owning land in game management areas.

Hotel Catering, Tourism and Allied Workers Eastern Region Secretary, Zephenia Kaleya told Breeze News that Zambians should be the ones to own land where tourism facilities are built.

Mr. Kaleya says doing so will enable the country benefit more from its tourism sector because currently, the percentage of revenue that remains in the country from the lodges in South Luangwa National Park is too little as most of the money goes to other countries.

He says this is so because all lodges in the South Luangwa National park are owned by foreigners.

Mr Kaleya added that room rates for most lodges are high ranging from 350 to 1, 000 United State dollars a night, a situation which he says is disadvantaging local people.

And Mr. Kaleya observed that the lodge owners have not fully implemented the minimum wage as some of their workers are still being paid below 1,000 kwacha.

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