Botswana committed to eco-tourism

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Botswana is committed to environmentally sustainable tourism, the nation’s environment and tourism minister Tshekedi Khama said recently.

“The government has made a deliberate decision to boost eco-tourism because we are not sure natural resources will last unless we make a point to protect them,” said Khama.

He said the development would attract more tourists, thus boosting the country’s tourism growth.

Tourism is Botswana’s second largest income earner and the country. According to official estimates, Botswana received 1.6 million visitors in 2015 and generated about 1 billion U.S. dollars in monetary gains.

While tourism accounted for only 3.3 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, the sector has created some 140,000 job opportunities in this diamond-rich nation, according to official figures.

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