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Plan to Register Tour Guides

By Anne Robi

Plansare underway to register and approve all tour guides in the country to ensure efficiency and proper management of the tourism sector.

The exercise aims at getting rid of unworthy and unethical tour guides currently working in the tourism fields.

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Japhet Hasunga said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the scrutiny will be conducted early next year, with the approved guides issued with official identification cards.

The registration, according to Mr Hasunga, is in accordance with the Tourism Act No 29 of 2008. The Deputy Minister was speaking at the Tanzania Tour Guides Award giving ceremony on the sideline of the third Edition of Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE) at Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre (JNICC) in the City.

He told the gathering that the registration and approval of tour guides will come after all tour guides undergo national training at the Wildlife Management Institute, next month. Mr Hasunga said the training would be coordinated by the government in collaboration with the tourism stakeholders in the country.

“The training will help to ensure efficiency and improve services in the sector,” the deputy minister said, calling for tour operators to work closely with the government and improve the well-being of their guides, the key players in development of tourism in the country.

He asked the tour operators in mountain climbing, safari tourism and hunting companies to improve the well-being of workers and provide them with better working facilities and environment.

Mr Hasunga commended the organisers of the Tanzania Tour Guides Awards, reaffirming the government commitment to team up in the coming awards to honour outstanding professional tour guides in the sector.

The Secretary of Tanzania Tour Guides Awards, Mr Ally Mtemvu, asked the government to formalise the tour guide sub-sector to ensure proper management of tourism services in the country.

He said the move would facilitate better working environment and well-being of tour guides towards improved tourism sector.

Mr Mtemvu said that currently tour guides work in poor conditions, with majority of them lacking job security, prerequisite tour guide professional and ethical standards.

He said the awards seek to reward as well as encourage efficiency and well managed tourism services. Among the awardees were mountain porters, safari guides and cooks.

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Tazara Vows to Increase Domestic Tourism As Numbers Skyrocket

By Iddy Mwema

Tourists have expressed their satisfaction with Tanzanian tourist attractions as Rovos Rail from South Africa increases its routes from three to five this year.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the arrival of a tourist train from South Africa, the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) Public Relations Officer, Ms Regina Tarimo, said the increase of routes is evidence that tourists are satisfied with Tanzanian services.

“Our railway line is connected to Southern African countries, which is an opportunity for increased revenue as well as tourist attractions. This year, Rovos rail has brought tourists five times in the country compared to three times in the previous years.

This shows how tourists are satisfied with services offered here and tourist attractions which are available,” she said, adding that Tanzanians should cultivate a culture of visiting the country’s tourist attractions.

On his part, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Public Relations Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Tengeneza said the increase of the rail routes is also a clear evidence of a good job being done by the tourist board in publicising the country’s tourist attractions.

In order to promote domestic tourism, Mr. Tengeneza said negotiations are underway between TTB and TAZARA to launch special routes during weekends that will give citizens a chance to visit tourist attractions and national parks where the rail passes.

“Our aim is also to make sure we influence as many citizens as possible to boost domestic tourism. Soon dialogue between TTB and TAZARA will start to promote local tourism,” he revealed.

According to him, Tanzania, home of Mount Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Park, have been great tourist destinations which are witnessed by the increasing number of tourists in recent years.

One of the tourists, Ms Annette Steele from London, couldn’t hide her excitement as she sets to visit Zanzibar.

“I love Zanzibar, I can’t wait to land on beautiful beaches in Zanzibar,” she said happily when reached for comment.

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Uhuru Torch Here to Stay – President Magufuli

By Abdallah Msuya in Zanzibar

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday hit out at critics of the Uhuru Torch race, arguing that it remains relevant to Tanzanians, considering its role in unifying the nation and stimulating socio-economic development around the country.

The 2017 Uhuru Torch race climaxed yesterday after a marathon in 31 regions across 195 councils, where it inspected and inaugurated 1,512 development projects worth 1.1trl/-.

Dr Magufuli presided over the torch’s extinguishing ceremony at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar and used the occasion to respond to those questioning its relevancy to Tanzanians in the modern era.

The President gave three reasons he would not consider shelving the Freedom Torch during his tenure in office, insisting that it is more relevant now than ever.

“The Uhuru Torch is a national symbol that promotes development; unites Tanzanians and strengthens our union; it also symbolises freedom and light and during my tenure and Dr (Ali) Shein’s tenure, the Uhuru Torch race will be sustained,” the President vowed.

He said that he was quite aware that some sections of society were longing for the torch to be abandoned. “I asked myself are these people part of this country’s history?

If you were born in this country you would definitely understand its significance to the nation.” Previously, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliament, Work, Youth, Employment and Disabled), Ms Jenista Mhagama, read a report for the just concluded Uhuru Torch race, which showed that 1,512 projects worth 1.1trl/- were inaugurated across the country.

The new projects showed a 111.6 per cent rise in terms of capital investment from last year’s Uhuru Torch race, whereby a total of 1,387 projects, worth 498.89bn/- were launched. “Out of these projects, industrial ventures were 151, worth 569.83bn/-, which is equal to 57.97 per cent of all developments inaugurated in 2017.

The launched industries have employed 13,610 Tanzanians who have different skills,” said Ms Mhagama. She noted that 21 projects, worth 3.1bn/- in 19 councils could not be inaugurated or have foundation stones laid due to poor execution or planning of the ventures.

“The contractors behind the projects were ordered to rectify all weaknesses observed during inspection using their own funds and PCCB has been directed to conduct thorough investigation and take to task those who will be found guilty,” Ms Mhagama said.

President Magufuli received the report presented to him by Freedom Torch race leader, Amour Hamad Amour and promised to work on their suggestions.

On the other hand, Ms Mhagama said the Uhuru Torch race enabled the government to get information about HIV/AIDS prevalence in some parts of the country. According to her – 80,037 people were tested for HIV/AIDS whereby 1,458 (about 1.82 per cent) tested positive.

When it comes to the economy, Dr Magufuli defended the state of the country’s economy and slammed those who claim that it was on the decline due to a range of policies currently being implemented by the government.

JPM said contrary to those unfounded claims, Tanzania’s economy was steady and right on track, growing at a rate of 7.1 per cent. He was also optimistic that the government’s industrial drive was bearing fruit with more small, middle and big scale industries mushrooming in the country.

“I know there are some people out there who are mocking our industrial drive, but the truth is that industries are being constructed as vindicated by statistics unveiled here by the Uhuru Torch runners,” he told critics.

President Magufuli also reiterated his resolve to protect the country’s natural resources for the best interests of all Tanzanians. He, thus, vowed to improve the supervision of all available resources.

“We have so many resources … but you’re all witnesses to the fact that these resources have not helped us much, only a few Tanzanians and a few others from outside are reaping the benefits of our resources, during our tenure, me and Dr Shein, we won’t allow that situation to go on.”

“We’ll make sure that the resources benefit all Tanzanians and we have started taking measurers by amending mineral laws … already, the production and revenues are going up thanks to these reforms,” he noted.

He urged Tanzanians to be patient as his government implements a number of reforms, oozing confidence that the future is bright.

The 2017 Uhuru Torch race, which shot off on April 2 in Katavi Region and graced by Zanzibar Second Vice-President, Ambassador Seif Ali Idd, toured various parts of the country, where different development projects were inspected and launched, while shedding light on government’s development endeavours, notably the 2025 development agenda, which centres on industrial economy.

During the 195-day marathon, the Freedom Torch sought to encourage locals to play part in the building of industrial economy for the envisaged national development, through its motto; ‘Participate in the promotion of industrial economy for national development.

” The Uhuru Torch also sought to draw attention to ongoing crusades against corruption, diseases (notably malaria and HIV/Aids) and narcotic drugs abuse, which is a growing problem among young population.

Call for Govt to Invest More in Promoting Tourism

By Gadiosa Lamtey

Dar es Salaam — Tourism stakeholders have called on the government to invest more on the promotion of available attractions as a way to increase visitors and revenue from the sector. Some tour operators say about 80 per cent of the attractions in the country have not yet been promoted thoroughly including the famous Mt Kilimanjaro and other national parks.

“Tanzania has very unique national parks such as Saadan National Park which is surrounded by the Indian Ocean but has not been well promoted,” said a senior guide for birding/wildlife safaris from Shaky Tours & Travels Company, Mr Samson Ochieng.

Mr Ochieng was speaking with The Citizen during the third edition of Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE) held in the city at the weekend.

“So only a small percentage of our attractions have been advertised. For example, in Iringa there are many attractions as well as in Katavi region… the government should invest adequately to the Tanzania Tourists Board to increase marketing,” he insisted

He said tour operators have been playing their party but the government to increase the effort.

For his part Simba Safaris Ltd managing director Mr Firoz Dharamshi said the industry is picking up but promotion is important as Tanzania is competing with other countries in tourism.

Ang’ata Camps managing director Mr Peter Pilliard said that the government should fund the TTB sufficiently as having attractions alone was not enough.

Tourism is Tanzania’s leading foreign exchange earner with 1.2 million visitors in 2016. The revenue from the sector was $2.1 billion.

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Tuskys, Nakumatt Write to Regulator On Merger Plan

By Mugambi Mutegi

Nairobi — Tuskys Supermarkets has written to the competition watchdog seeking advice on its planned merger with competitor Nakumatt, putting into motion efforts to save the financially-troubled retailer from collapsing.

Dan Githua, Tuskys’ chief executive, Thursday said the retailers jointly wrote a formal notice to the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) alerting them of their intended merger while seeking the regulator’s opinion on how to proceed.

Nakumatt has faced an existential threat in recent months after a delay in getting new capital and failure to refinance its obligations saw it default on employees, suppliers and lenders.

A tie-up with Tuskys, which is still subject to due diligence and approval from regional competition regulators, is the latest scramble by Nakumatt whose proposal to receive a bailout from the government was snubbed.

“We have filed pre-approval documents with CAK basically explaining to them what the intended transaction is like,” said Mr Githua, in a response to queries by the Business Daily. CAK director-general Wang’ombe Kariuki confirmed that his office is in communication with the two retailers and had responded to the issue.

A merger of the firms will result in the largest retailer in the country, with rivals such as Naivas Supermarket and Uchumi Supermarkets far behind.

“If they want to have a management agreement, they have to seek an exemption. If they choose to merge, they have to follow the law,” Mr Kariuki said in a telephone interview.

“However, we are aware of the state the retail sector is in. We shall fast-track whichever application they submit.”

Nakumatt’s managing director and part-owner has insisted the retailers are seeking a merger. One of the CAK’s key mandates is to ensure that businesses do not engage in practices that may limit competition to the detriment of consumers

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Fears Mount Over Hospital Waste Disposal Near Human Settlements

By Bernard James

Mkuranga — A hospital waste incinerator is the centre of a scandal with far-reaching environmental and public health consequences facing some 4, 000 residents of Dundani Village in Mkuranga District, Coast Region.

The incinerator, which The Citizen learnt was installed before an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was conducted, has exposed the residents to extreme health and environmental hazards caused by heavy smoke and a chocking smell produced by the plant.

The facility – known as ‘Safe Waste Incinerator’ – has been used in burning hundreds of tonnes of medical waste.

This state of affairs is enough to instill fear in the wellbeing of the local community.

Earlier on, not many locals sensed the possible danger of toxic emissions being spewed out of the incinerator. But that sense of safety vanished when the facility – which is located in a relatively densely-populated residential area, public places and natural environs – started incinerating massive medical waste.

Apparently, the place on which the incinerator was built between 2013 and 2014 was unpopulated when its owner acquired the land for the project.

But, the situation changed over time, and the facility is today slap-bang in the midst of residential houses, whose residents are now up in arms in protest against the adverse effects of the incinerator’s operations.

The current situation has put political leaders and public health officials in Mkuranga District under pressure to act in efforts to minimize possible damage to the environment, and harm to the health of the surrounding communities.

“The heavy, smelly smoke produced by the burning of hospital waste in this area is putting us all in a very difficult situation. It is very irritating; it smells like burning (human) bodies, or noxious toxins… It is really difficult to exactly describe thetype of smell which we inhale,” complained a Dundani villager, Mbarka Salumu.

Mr Salumu claimed his family almost incessantly suffers from bouts of flu, coughs and severe fever, strongly believing that the contagions are the effects of the smoke billowing out of the incinerator’s chimney.

The National Environment Management Council (NEMC) says it has not received official or formal complaints about the alleged toxic emissions.

“We received the information only a few days ago – and we are now preparing to visit and inspect the facility. We can only draw conclusions after visiting the site and inspecting the facility,” said senior NEMC official Alfred Msokwa.

Hinting that the Mkuranga District authorities had actually cleared construction of the incinerator at its current location, Mr Msoka said that they did this without first conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project.

“District councils permit such sensitive facilities to be installed and operated in their efforts to boost revenues – but they sometimes overlook safety and other issues concerning the environment and public health. They approve environmentally-sensitive projects at the local level – and, thereafter, fail to effectively monitor them,” Mr Msokwa explains.

A top official of the company operating the incinerator, who asked not to be named for not being the official spokesperson, said the concerns raised by Dundani residents and local leaders were ‘normal challenges facing businesses.’

“We have received calls from several people in Mkuranga who want us to surrender our documents. We have written to them to seek an appropriate time to sit with all responsible authorities to respond to their concerns,” said the official.

The Mkuranga incinerator does not operate daily, but when it does, the huge choking smoke produced by its operation does indeed spread far and wide into houses and open spaces.

Another resident of Dundani Village, Saidi Mnage, a petty trader has also complained that the choking smoke from the incinerator cannot be a good thing for humans and the environment.

“The emission is chocking and smells like toxic chemicals. When we ask them about it, they tell us that they are burning expired medicines! However, we don’t really know what exactly is being burnt,” Mr Mnage laments. He claims to have seen lorries coming to the incinerator under the escort of uniformed police officers to offload what could very well be expired medicines which are then burnt at night.

Dundani residents want the facility to be relocated soonest – or the chimney be elongated well into the sky.

“We are still in the dark about when this misery will end as the pollution continues relentlessly to adversely affect us as days go by,” says Mr Mnage.

Worries of health complications

The nuisance and possible health effects that could be caused by the Mkuranga incinerator were also raised by women living close to the incinerator.

“Our frustration is that the facility emits highly irritating smell. It affects pregnant women badly. Sometimes my husband buys fresh fish that we prepare for consumption. But, when it comes to eating the meal, we sometimes are unable to do so because of loss of appetite as a result of the smoke,” says one pregnant woman whose identity is withheld.

Her view was echoed by another woman, Najma Saidi. “The irritation caused by this installation is unbearable. You may prepare your food but fail to eat it because the smell that comes from that incinerator is too irritating. Now that you have come here, please go back and report about the misery we are subjected to – that the situation here is not good; it is intolerable,” Ms Saidi stated.

Students also affected

Students of Dundani Secondary School routinely complain of breathing difficulties and other irritating inconveniences caused by fumes from the incinerator.

“This situation causes us difficulties in breathing. Sometimes we fail to study in class. Once the smoke comes our way, the classrooms become inhabitable because of the swirling smoke,” says Form IV student Saidi Sadi.

Another Sudent Zuwena Salim adds: “When the smoke comes in all of us, teachers and students, are forced to exit our classrooms. It is like they are burning rotten stuff out there… “

Authorities speak out

The Assistant Health Officer for Mkuranga Ward, MrJuma Shari, said the residents became aware of the situation after a Dundani Secondary School teacher, Mr Saidi Hemedi, called to notify the ward authorities of the choking smoke from the incinerator that was adversely affecting teachers and students.

“In light of that information, we visited the area and personally witnessed how the ugly smoke was affecting the school community and residents in the area,” Mr Shari said.

The Citizen also witnessed a huge quantity of burnt hospital waste being taken from the incinerator and dumped at unauthorized sites in Mkuranga.

Lack of an ash pit for the burned waste has also been cited as a serious shortcoming at the plant.

The councilor for Mkuranga Ward, Mr Hamisi Abdallah, admitted that Dundani residents had complained to him about the irritation they were subjected to when the incinerator was operating.

“Initially, I sent my officers there to assess the situation – and the feedback was that the situation was indeed adversely affecting people in the area.

“My fear is that these people are dumping remains of burnt hospital waste in unauthorized areas within Mkuranga,” the councilor stated.

Why the proper authorities have not acted on the issue despite the endless complaints remains a difficult question whose answer Dundani residents are begging for.

The acting Mkuranga Ward Executive Officer, Mr Juma Difa, said they have requested the environment department of the Mkuranga District Council to inspect the facility and establish if it indeed meets the statutorily laid-down standards. “It is a serious problem. The incineration area is in the lowlands while the school and residential houses are on higher ground. So, when the incinerator is switched on, plumes of smoke easily spread around,” says the local leader.

He accuses the owner of the facility and his supervisor of not cooperating with the authorities. The Headteacher of Dundani Secondary School, Mr Saidi Hemed, says the school is one of the areas that are adversely affected by the choking, smelly fumes caused by the incinerator.

“It is true that this factory is causing us all problems. Students are not comfortable in class when the incinerator is in operation – and they try to cover their noses with pieces of cloth; but it doesn’t help,” he says. He revealed that his school was already in the area and was operating long before the incineration facility was constructed.

Prayer Houses Lined Up for Demolition in Road Project

By Jackline Masinde

Dar es Salaam — At least 24 houses of prayers are expected to be demolished today by the Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads) to pave the way for expansion of the Kimara-Kiluvya section of Morogoro Road.

The demolitions are a continuation of the removal of about 1,300 buildings, which had been built within the road reserve, measuring 121.5 metres from the centre of the key infrastructure.

So far, over 1,000 houses have been demolished, a situation that has forced some residents to spend the night in the cold.

Confirming the demolition to The Citizen, the man in charge of supervising the Tanroads exercise, Mr Jonson Rutechula, said: “We have notified leaders of the affected mosques and churches to remove their valuables from the buildings by tomorrow (today) as we are coming to tear them down. We are set to demolish 14 churches and 10 mosques in the stretch that covers Kimara to Kiluvya. We will start demolishing them in the morning,” said Mr Rutechula.

He added that the demolition of biulding marked with an ‘X’ had by a big percentage been completed, leaving only houses of prayer.

“As you can see the demolition exercise for residential houses is complete. Only houses of prayer are yet to be removed,” he said.

At St Maria Church, Kimara Parish, this writer found some believers removing properties from the house of worship but the leaders of the church declined to comment when asked about the exercise.

“We are not spokespersons. So, if you want to gather news, please come tomorrow with your camera to cover the event. You also need to find the Father of the Parish as he will be in a good position to tell you what is going on,” said one of the faithful.

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Tanzania, Iran Team Up in Fighting Terrorism

By Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania and Iran have teamed up to share experiences in bid to establish joint effort in fighting terrorism.

This follows a meeting between the Tanzanian foreign minister Dr Augustine Mahiga and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held last week in Tehran.

The Iranian Daily newspaper quoted President Rouhani as saying that Iran is ready to share experiences it has gained in the fight against terrorist groups with friendly countries, including Tanzania.

He described terrorism as “a major predicament” for the world and said terrorists have been active in all regions under various names but they are following the same objectives, stressing that “all countries should unite in the fight against this scourge”

The president described development of relations with African countries as a key principle in Iran’s foreign policy, while expressed interest in promoting the level of relations and cooperation between the two countries in all fields, economy in particular.

President Rouhani who won a second term in May, also called for establishment of a joint economic commission between the two countries and stressed his government’s interest in boosting relations with Tanzania.

He said that Iran and Tanzania should boost economic cooperation, and the first step in this regard is development of monetary, financial and banking relations.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Mahiga arrived in Tehran on Wednesday last week to hold talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual interest whereby he emphasized that Tanzania was determined to cement its relations with Iran in all fields.

Minister Mahiga referred to the terrorism phenomenon in regional and global stages, saying: “Tanzania wants to take advantage of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s experiences in countering not only terrorism and extremism, but also the fight against organized international crime, human trafficking and money laundering”.

Mahiga was also quoted by the Iranian newspaper saying that Tanzania welcomes the presence of Iranian companies in implementation and development of its projects.

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‘Family Planning Clinics Can Help Screen for Cervical Cancer’

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‘Family Planning Clinics Can Help Screen for Cervical Cancer’

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

By Hilda Mhagama

AS cases of cervical cancer increase, screening services with existing family planning clinics can increase access to the services and treatment.

Marie Stopes Tanzania Country Director, Anil Tambay, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday to mark the end of the Bill and Melinda Gates cervical cancer screening and preventative therapy project.

Mr Tambay said family planning programmes were “natural entry points” for prevention programmes because the target group for cervical cancer screening are the same as the target group for family planning services.

“Family planning integration is an overwhelmingly positive strategy, but it requires robust supervision and logistics systems,” he said.

However, he acknowledged, there were operational challenges, such as fragmented funding structures, the need for increased coordination among clinics, and the regular training and supervision of clinical service providers.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded this project in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria to implement cervical cancer screening and Preventive therapy via reproductive health Networks from November 2012 to October 2017.

In Tanzania, the project is being implemented by the Marie Stopes Tanzania, Population Services International (PSI) and Chama cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI).

He said more than 187,263 women were screened in a period of 23 months in the country, among them 7,783 were found positive and 7,602 underwent cryotherapy.

Assistant Director for reproductive and child health section in the ministry of health, community development, gender, elderly and children, Dr Hussein kidanto, said cervical cancer was a major public health problem in Tanzania.

“Many experts would agree that the high burden of disease and low survival rate among women with cervical cancer in the country is attributed to late disease presentation, diagnosis and delay in treatment,” he said.

Dr Kidanto said currently there were 466 facilities providing cervical cancer screening and treatment services, this includes all regional, district hospitals, some health centres as well as some of dispensaries.

He further said cervical cancer could be prevented simply by raising public awareness, vaccinating adolescent girls aged 9-13 years against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer and screening women who are sexually active for cervical at least once every three years.

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Tourism Authorities Urged to Be Innovative

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Tourism Authorities Urged to Be Innovative

Photo: Vice President’s Office (VPO)

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

By Mnaku Mbani

Dar es Salaam — Tourism stakeholders have been advised to be innovative and strategic in promoting the country’s attractions abroad in order to boost the number of visitors.

The Vice President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan made the remark on Friday during the Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE), which was held in Dar es Salaam.

“Tourism is growing very fast in Africa. It is high time stakeholders ensured that they attract more foreigners to visit our country,” she said.

Ms Hassan added: “I know this sector very well because I once served as the minister for tourism in Zanzibar. Tanzania is among the few countries in the world that are endowed with abundant tourist attractions. About 28 per cent of our land has tourist attractions. Therefore, we have to be strategic and exploit our full potential to boost our revenue.”

Over 180 tourism agents from 30 countries across the world attended the three-day Expo. 150 companies from different nations were well represented.

The participants were displaying their goods and services that come from the tourism industry.

Reports from tourism authorities have shown that in 2016 over 1.3 million tourists visited Tanzania and that by 2025, revenue from tourism will hit Sh16 billion per annum.

The minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Dr Khamis Kigwangala said if the Expo’s potential was fully utilised, it would give an opportunity for small entrepreneurs to promote themselves on the international market.

“This Expo has gathered a lot of tourism stakeholders from over 30 countries worldwide, small entrepreneurs do not have enough resources to promote themselves internationally, therefore this is a golden opportunity for them,” the minister said.

The Chairman of the Board of Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), Judge (Rtd) Thomas Mihayo thanked President John Magufuli for his efforts in supporting growth of the tourism sector.

“These efforts of our President and his team will not be in vain, they will help make Tanzania a tourism hub, We hope that Tanzania will be the first country that comes to mind when the tourists think of where to visit,” he said.

“Without government support, this sector will not grow because there are several issues that needs financial and policy support. Monetary support is needed especially in the infrastructural development such as roads, bridges and electricity in the areas where there are tourist attractions.”

Earlier, while welcoming the guests and participants of the exhibition, the Executive Director of TTB, Ms Devota Mdachi said the TTB’s expectations were to see the sector flourish after the exhibitions.

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