The Ministry of Tourism’s development plan for 2012-13 was under examination today at a session of the Congress’ Antiquities and Tourism . . .[restrict]Committee attended by a team from the Ministry of Tourism led by the Minister, Ikram Abdulsalam Imam.
Part of the plan’s objectives is the decentralisation of the industry and creation of local tourism offices in a number of towns and cities across the country.
The Committee looked into how a decentralised structure would work and the costs and staffing involved, along with training needs at the ministry.
It is reported as saying that the tourism will be “one of the pillars of the Libyan economy” and that the government had a duty to educate Libyans about the importance of the country’s antiquities and archaeological sites.
For its part, the ministry explained at the meeting that it was setting up new departments to promote tourism and develop the industry.
Under the current 2013 budget, the Ministry has been allocated LD 1 million for development projects, the lowest sum awarded to any ministry this year.