Tourism and Environment Minister Symon Vuwa Kaunda made the remarks in Blantyre when he toured some companies in the tourism sector.
The Minister also met the boards and management of Malawi Gaming and National Lotteries.
“Government is engaging all players in the tourism sector in order to find cushions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Government has noted that a lot of businesses in the sector have gone down due to travel restrictions.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the health sector that has seen over 900 thousand people affected across the globe, several sectors have been affected including the tourism industry,” Kaunda said.
Billy Banda,chairperson for the Gaming Board and National Lotteries Board called on all players in the sector to follow President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s measures of preventing Coronavirus when operating.
He said: “Gaming Board is monitoring the players in the sector so as to advise the best measures to avoid effects of Coronavirus in the sector so that we cushion the economic effects.”
Chief executive officer for the Gaming Board and National Lotteries Board Foster Mulumbe acknowledges the effects of COVID-19 in the sector but remains optimistic that total dividend will not be affected.
“We had made substantial revenue in the first half of the year and our expectation was to surpass last year’s dividends. However with the COVID-19, we will realize close to what we did last year,” Mulumbe said.
The Coronavirus, which originated from China, has affected over 900 thousand people across the globe with many governments imposing travel bans and public gatherings.