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Her Majesty Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso has appealed to Basotho to preserve natural resources for the next generation to enjoy them.

This, Her Majesty said during the launch of Tourism Month held in Maseru on Monday. The launch kicked off by a cleaning campaign in the Maseru city.

The 2017 World Tourism Day theme is “Sustainable Tourism – A tool for development”.

She urged all citizens to play their role which is to ensure that Lesotho is kept clean all the time.

She noted that cleaning environment should not be a once off thing but a continuous activity which should be taught every citizen especially primary school children.

Her Majesty said Basotho are known for their gentleness and hospitality, noting that it is time for the nation to extend that to their environment.

She said Lesotho is a beautiful country which needs to be taken good care of so to attract more tourists to the country.

At the occasion, the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture Mrs. Mamotsie Motsie said tourism is a pillar of Lesotho's economy, stressing the need for the sector to be promoted in order to enhance poverty alleviation and create employment in the country.

She further noted the need to instill patriotism among Basotho hence boosting the need to preserve environment and ensure it stays clean.

Mrs. Motsie commended the involvement of Lesotho Mounted Police Services members at the occasion which she said it is vital as they will ensure safety of tourists in this country.

The Minister further stressed the importance of ensuring that this process becomes continuous so that Lesotho can be conducive to all.

Meanwhile, other cleaning campaigns will be in Leribe and Botha Bothe while the main celebration of the World Tourism Day will be held in Semonkong on September, 27. 

Lerotholi Polytechnic students as well as Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) took part in this cleaning campaign to ensure its success. 

Since 1980, the World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27 with a view to highlight the importance of tourism in economic development.

Each year the day is celebrated under a different theme and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has declared 2017 as the international year of Sustainability. 


Source: LENA  04/09/2017
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