Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tanzania: Massive Boost for Tourism From China

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A CHINA'S multinational business, Touchroad International has signed an agreement with Tanzania Tourism Board to bring in 10,000 tourists next year.

According to a statement issued yesterday the agreement was signed in Shanghai, China on Tuesday on the first day of a nine-day long TTB road show in China to promote Tanzania's tourist attractions to China, currently the global leading tourism market.

Under the agreement the Shanghai-based company will fly in tourists using a special chartered plane.

The signing ceremony was graced by the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, Dr Aloyce Nzuki, TTB and other government officers.

Shanghai was the first point for the road show that begun with the meeting that was officially opened by Dr Nzuki. From Shanghai it will go through five cities namely Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chengdu and ending at Beijing until next Tuesday.

TTB Board Director, Ms Devotha Mdachi presented the country tourism attractions and investment opportunities.

During the meeting some 200 Tanzania and China tourism stakeholders had a chance to showcase their tour packages tailor made for Chinese market.

Air Tanzania Corporation Limited (ATCL) was among stakeholders corporate that show case their package being flying to Guangzhou next February.

The road show was organised by the Tanzania embassy in China in collaboration with TTB.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Tanzania: Dar, Berlin in Talks Over Dinosaur Revenue Sharing

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THE government is holding talks with Germany on possible sharing of revenue from a dinosaur ferried from Lindi Region to the European nation more than hundred years ago.

The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Japhet Hasunga, said yesterday that from the talks, the government is targeting to establish how much is being collected from the skeleton and how can the government of Tanzania benefit from it.

The skeleton is preserved at the Humboldt Museum in Germany and it is considered as the main tourism attraction at the museum. According to him, progress of the talks would determine whether the government will have to bring back the dinosaur fossils into the country or not.

"But it has to earn us (the country) money", he said in Dar es Salaam when addressing a press conference about government's plans to promote tourism attractions situated in the southern regions. The Deputy Minister went on to explain that the skeleton was 22 meters in length and 13.7 meters height. It is one of the largest mounted dinosaur fossils on permanent exhibit in the world.

"Therefore, it would be difficult to have it back into the country," noted Mr Hasunga, adding that until now German hasn't been able to reveal how much it has collected from the dinosaur fossils. The European nation has been funding various conservation projects in Tanzania.

"We believe that part of the money that they have been spending on supporting various projects here is earned from the remains of the dinosaur that was ferried to Germany a century back," added the Deputy Minister.

On board, Mr Hasunga was optimistic that presence of the fossil in German is one of the ways of marketing Tanzania abroad, adding that the dinosaur is considered as the country's ambassador on tourism and scientific research to many countries in the world.

However, he said that it would be difficult to bring back the skeleton because it was assembled using modern technology that isn't available in the country.

"It would be a bit difficult to bring back the dinosaur fossils from Germany because as a country, we lack the capacity and technology required to preserve and display the remains for tourism purposes," he said.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tanzania Tour Operators Contribute $211,000 to save Wildlife

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Tanzania tour operators have so far poured more than $211,000 into a Serengeti de-snaring program meant to combat a new form of poaching.

In 2017, a handful of tour operators, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), and Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) joined forces to fight against this silent and deadly form of poaching in the Serengeti.

The De-snaring Program, the first of its kind, has the objective of removing the widespread snares set by local bush meat mongers to catch massive wildlife within the Serengeti National Park and beyond.

Today, 16 months down the lane, the Public-Private Partnership has proved to be an apt model to save the wildlife population in the Serengeti, the Tanzania’s flagship national park.

FZS Project Manager, Mr. Erik Winberg, says that the program with a $211,000 package from tour operators has successfully managed to collect 17,536 snares, 157 animals released alive, 125 poacher camps discovered, and 32 poachers arrested.

He was updating tourism stakeholders during the Mwalimu Nyerere day commemoration organized by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) under the main theme, “Commemoration of Mwalimu’s unrivaled contribution on conservation,” and sub-theme, “Public-Private-Partnership model in conservation initiatives: The case of De-snaring Program in Serengeti National Park.”

“The PPPs often seen as [an] appropriate form for financing big infrastructure projects are also suitable in wildlife conservation projects, [as] the Serengeti de-snaring program can prove,” Mr. Winberg said.

TATO Councilor and the Serengeti de-snaring program’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Vesna Glamocanin Tibaijuka, says tourism stakeholders have put more than $211,000 to where their mouths are in the last 16 months.

Subsistence poaching in the Serengeti became large-scale and commercial, putting Tanzania’s flagship national park under renewed pressure after a lull of two years.

Wildlife in the Serengeti, a World Heritage site, had started to recover from a decade-long ivory poaching spree, which almost brought the elephant and rhino populations to their knees.

As if that is not enough, the probably forgotten and silent but deadly bush meat poaching within the Serengeti Park is now putting the world’s greatest annual wildlife migration across East Africa’s plains under a new threat.

The planet’s largest wildlife migration — the annual loop of 2 million wildebeest and other mammals across Tanzania’s legendary national park of Serengeti and Kenya’s renowned Maasai Mara Reserve — is a key tourist lure, generating multi-million dollars annually.

The Serengeti National Park Chief Warden, Mr. William Mwakilema, confirmed that a yet neglected subsistence poaching is becoming a real threat, as local people have adopted wire snares to catch massive animals indiscriminately, thanks to human population growth.

One of TANAPA’s directors, Martin Loibok, commended the partnership, saying such kinds of cooperation was needed for the conservation drive to be sustainable.

“I would like to praise TANAPA for living the legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere on [its] conservation drive. TATO members have always been grateful the job well done in our national parks and even more importantly for the recent addition of new parks,” TATO CEO, Mr. Sirili Akko, explained.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tanzania is working to Restore an 800-year old city, Buried under rocks at Engaruka Escarpments of Monduli District.

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Tanzania is working to restore an ancient city, buried under rocks at Engaruka escarpments of Monduli District, to promote tourism in its recently launched geopark, according to an official from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA).

Engaruka is recognized as the remains of the largest abandoned system of irrigated agricultural fields and terraces in sub-Saharan Africa. It was once thought to be a ‘lost city’ of up to 40,000 inhabitants. 

It was mysteriously abandoned about 200 years ago.

John Pareso, an official with the NCAA, said that efforts to excavate, restore and protect the ruins of ancient stone structures, which are thought to be of the 800-year-old “lost city of Engaruka,” have started under the recently launched Ngorongoro-Lengai Geopark.

“Remains of these stone buildings here have been scientifically proved to date back to between 500 and 800 years ago, indicating advanced civilization that may have existed in northern parts of Tanzania nearly one thousand years ago,” he said.

The ruins also indicate that the people of that era ran a very efficient irrigation system, whose infrastructure can still be seen within the ruins.

Archaeological experts are still trying to find out what caused the ancient Engaruka settlement to be abandoned or destroyed.

Tanzania, with the support from the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and through the Ngorongoro-Lengai geopark, is working to restore the ruins.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Prince William Looks in high Spirits as he Arrives in Tanzania.

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Prince William looks in high spirits as he arrives in Tanzania on the next stop of his African tour to highlight conservation efforts.

  • William, 36, attended a  reception in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Wednesday.
  • He also met President John Magufuli after flying to country from Namibia. 
  • Royal is there to learn about how Tanzania is combating the illegal wildlife trade.
  • The Duke of Cambridge is currently enjoying a six-day visit to Africa.

The Duke of Cambridge, 36, attended a reception in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday night, where he met with people working in conservation.

He also had a meeting with Tanzania's president John Magufuli after flying to the country from Namibia.

Earlier today, William visited the port in Dar es Salaam to witness some of the challenges faced in combating the illegal wildlife trade.

The Duke of Cambridge is in Tanzania to raise awareness of the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference taking place in London in October, and to learn more about the conservation work taking place in the country.

Kensington Palace says the royal is making the 'private working trip' as president of the United for Wildlife group and patron of Tusk, another conservation organization. 

The royal has already visited Namibia, after landing in the capital on Monday. He will visit Kenya, where he proposed to the Duchess of Cambridge, before flying back to the UK.

While in Namibia, William revealed that Kate is 'immensely jealous' of his trip to Africa, as he will finally be able to get a good night's sleep away from his children.

Kate, 36, has stayed at home to look after the couple's young children Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, who is just five months old. 

Addressing guests at a reception in the country's capital, William said: 'I’m delighted to be visiting Namibia for the first time. I'm only sorry that my wife Catherine is not able to join me – she is immensely jealous.

'Particularly as I'm looking forward to a few good uninterrupted nights' sleep this week away from my wonderful children!'

He added: 'My visit to Namibia this week is focused on conservation. This is an issue very close to my heart, and I know is a matter of deep pride to you all as well.'

During his trip to Namibia, William viewed the work of Save the Rhino in Kunene, before later meeting members of the local community involved in the Kunene People's Park Initiative.   

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tanzania Pass $1.7 Million Budget to Beef Up Tourism

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Government agency Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) has given the green light for proposed $1.7 million funds allocation to spice up the country's fastest growing sector. The industry has raked in millions of returns for the Government and had a positive economic impact on the country's GDP. Tourist arrivals in 2016 had soared by 12.9% to reach 1.2 million. The marketing strategy has panned out well for the sector.

TANAPA is looking to add more impetus to make the industry competitive regionally and continentally. Some of the funds will be used to support infrastructure development for ease transportation of the tourists in some areas where they are barely accessible. Upgrade of security to ensure that the lives of human beings and wild animals are secure and that both do not trespass against each other's territories.

At least five game reserves have been promoted to national parks and the parastatal could use some of the finances to beef them up. They include Biharamulo, Burigi, Kimisi, Ibanda and Rumanyika. It is vital to ensure their standards are at par to harvest as many tourists as possible and better the performance of the industry. This should guarantee better returns for the Government and good news to the country's GDP. They should also create employment opportunities for the communities around such as tour guides and game wardens.

As the Government makes such amendments, investors have been called upon to seize the business opportunities. The promotion campaign to gain the attention of tourists and investors in France, Italy and Germany should attract investors to the industry. Other development projects could use the investors' support and ease the financial burden on key stakeholders.

ALSO, READ: Tanzania beats South Africa as preferred tourist destination: 

It is estimated that by 2028, Travel and Tourism could account for 795,000 jobs. The country has hosted a number of big names who have graced their presence to experience the wild of the country.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Tanzania Fastest Growing Destinations For Irish Tourist Revealed.

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Tanzania, the Maldives and Hong Kong have been revealed as the top three fastest growing tourist destinations booked with Ireland’s largest independent travel specialists, Travel Counsellors. Since last November, bookings for the east African country of Tanzania have risen by 399%; the Indian Ocean archipelago, the Maldives by 196%; and Hong Kong by 135%.

On the top European destinations list for bookings, Travel Counsellors reports Spain in first position, up 6% in bookings, followed by Italy, Portugal and France.

Long haul destinations in general are also up across the board, with Travel Counsellors today reporting that bookings for winter 2018/2019 have increased by 26%. Summer 2019 long haul is also up, rising by 345% when compared to the same booking period last year.

As it has done in the past few years, the USA is topping the long haul booking list for the coming year, and is up 30%. This is followed by Mexico (up 36%); Australia (up 14%); United Arab Emirates (up 53%); and South Africa (up 22%).

The Maldives is becoming increasingly popular with honeymooners, couples, and families. Travel Counsellors say many of the islands offer all-inclusive so what appears to be expensive at the outset, actually is good value for money as you have little to spend when you get there.

Commenting on the report, General Manager of Travel Counsellors Ireland, Cathy Burke said, "The strength of long haul travel is continuing, and this is being led by greater direct access options, better value, and the rising cost of holidaying in Europe. For these reasons, bookings in the past nine months for next summer have tripled when compared to the same period last year."