Tanzania: Tourism Industry Excited About President Samia’s Pledge On the Sector

Dar es Salaam — Tanzanian tourism stakeholders are now seeking audience with the government to deliberate current challenges and find solutions to unlock the potentials of the sector.

Tourism was Tanzania’s leading foreign exchange earner until recently when it was hard hit by Covid-19 which disrupted economic activities around the world.

Earnings from the tourism dropped from $2.67 billion in the year ending February 2020 to $876.8 million in the year to February 2021, according to the Bank of Tanzania.

The fall is due to the decrease of the number of international arrivals that dropped to 509,773 from 1,553,686 visitors previously.

To revive the sector, President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday highlighted priorities of her government in the tourism sector including attracting investors as she made her maiden address to Parliament in Dodoma.

She said despite the repercussions brought about by Covid-19 the government targeted to increase revenue collection in the tourism sector to $6 billion by 2025 by increasing scope of attractions including conference tourism.

Tourism Confederation of Tanzania (TCT) executive secretary Richard Rugibana told The Citizen that they received the President’s pledge with jubilation because it showed her determination to strengthen the sector.

“The tourism sector has been adversely affected by Covid-19 with the number of tourists visiting having declined tremendously thereby affecting businesses,” he said. He said that they were seeking a dialogue with the relevant authorities so as to share their experience that will improve the sector going forward.