TATO embarks on a number of response measures to revive Tanzania tourism

Published on : Tuesday, January 25, 2022

At the height of the pandemic, the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) with the help of the UNDP’s backing in association with the Government, embarked on a number of response measures, yielding remarkable impact bywitnessinggood tourist traffic and new bookings, thereby presenting a bright future for the tourism industry.

Despite being harshly affected by the pandemic, as per the latest official statistics from the Statehouse, the tourism industry recorded almost 126 percent growth regarding the number of visitors in 2021 compared to 2020.

In her farewell message to 2021 and welcoming the New Year 2022, Tanzania’s President SamiaSuluhu Hassan said that 1.4 million tourists visited the natural resources-rich nation in 2021 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, compared to 620,867 holidaymakers in 2020.

“This implies that in 2021, there was an increase of 779,133 tourists who visited Tanzania,” said President Suluhu. “Our expectations are that the tourism industry will continue to flourish in 2022 and beyond,”

TATO CEO, Mr. Sirili Akkosaid, “The data speaks volumes on the positive impact of UNDP’s backed TATO and the Government initiatives have had in the tourism industry. I believe this is just the beginning of our journey in building back better a tourism industry that is inclusive, resilient, and prosperous”.

Mr. Akko expressed his deep appreciation to UNDP, and said that their support came at the darkest moment in the tourism industry’s recent history.

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