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Stakeholders call for sports tourism

12th April 2012
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Assistant coordinator of a non-Government organisation dealing with the promotion of sports tourism in the country, (KAKUTA), Risasi Mwaulanga has made call for an increased attempts to improve it.

He said efforts should be made to impress foreign sporting personalities, sports clubs, entertainment groups and mountain scalars to visit Tanzania.

HE said the more tourist arrivals, the more foreign revenue to the country’s coffers hence beefing up the national GDP.

The statement was aired on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam by Mwaulanga adding that, sport tourism through self cultivation and expansion on the field via the existing natural resource are vital for improving the GDP.

“Sports and entertainment will not only generate income to the nation but also create job opportunities to tour guides and mountain climbers”, said Mwaulanga.

He said with the combination of both natural and human resources Tanzania stands to develop tremendously.

A mountain climber and also a tour guide in the country who is financed by KAKUTA, Respicius Baitwa said Tanzania should recognise that it’s among the countries with mountainous vibrant ride known as the seven summits, includes the continent’s highest peak, The Kilimanjaro.

“We can now walk boldly since at Mount Kilimanjaro we have specialist on mountain scaling. Until now there are some companies in Europe and America that do not believe the expertise of our specialist guides. With this regard they happen to bring their own guides which backpedals our domestic efforts to improve employment”, stressed Baitwa.

Baitwa mentioned the challenges facing the industry as poor services, lack of support from both private and Government sectors mainly contributed by weak awareness of existing tourism potentials.

Baitwa has scaled four peaks in four continents namely, Aconcagua in South America, Elbrus in Europe, Kilimanjaro in Africa and Kosciusko in Australia.

He is expecting to scale the fifth peak known as mount McKinley in North America later in June this year.

He said it is a privilege to the national and Africa at large as the first black man to have scaled the continents peaks and through his experience a youth club will be formed in order to teach young Tanzanians interested in the activity.

He is expecting to wind up the seven summits by March 2013 through scaling Vision Massif in Antarctica and Mount Everest in Asia.

“I am going to keep all my records in order to send them to the Guinness Book of records”, he concluded.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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