Tanzanian government announces $156 million plan for boosting tourism in southern circuit

Published on : Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tanzanian governmentThe government of Tanzania announced a $156 million (Sh340 billion) major plan to boost tourism in the southern circuit. The plan, which will be financed by the World Bank (WB), will involve improvemnet of roads leading to the iconic tourist sites in the zone, including the Ruaha National Park and Rungwa and Selous game reserves.

 
Also, the local airlines would be encouraged to increase their fights to the Mbeya and Iringa airports currently being expanded. The huge swathe of land in the southern part of the country, where the largely virgin national park, game reserves and other natural attractions are located, have airstrips.

 
The minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe said Tanzania received 1,250,000 tourists last year, noting that the figure sharply contrasted with the world famous tourist attractions the country have which range from wildlife parks, beaches and archaeological sites. Prof Maghembe promised that the government would provide every necessary support to the Centre to secure an affordable land in Dodoma to enable it construct a convention centre in the envisaged capital.

 
The minister emphasized that Arusha would continue to remain a major gateway for tourists from overseas, with most of them using the city as a transit to visit the national parks and other sites in the north. However, he regretted that conference tourism has not been fully tapped in Tanzania due to lack of state-of-the-art conference facilities in the country and inadequate marketing overseas of the existing potential.

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