HATAB wades into Chobe River front uproar

Contested: The Chobe River front is Kasane’s prime attraction PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Contested: The Chobe River front is Kasane’s prime attraction PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) says while it 'wholeheartedly' supports citizen economic empowerment, the planned development of eight lodges on the Chobe River front in Kasane will increase congestion and environmental pollution in the prime area.

Additionally, HATAB believes the developments will restrict animal movements and place increased pressure on already threatened species such as the Chobe Bushbuck.

The 38-year-old industry body, which represents 50% of all licensed hospitality and tourism operators in the country, was this week making its first full remarks on a burning debate, which has raised hackles in Parliament.

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