6.1bn/-realised from entrance fees charged to tourists visiting Mafia

04May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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The Guardian
6.1bn/-realised from entrance fees charged to tourists visiting Mafia

DEPUTY Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega has told the National Assembly that a total of 6.1bn/- was collected between 2000 and 2018 from entrance fees charged to tourists visiting the Mafia Island Marine Park (MIMP).

DEPUTY Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega

According to the Deputy Minister about 6000 tourists entered the park in between the year 2000 and 2018.

Ulega was responding to a supplementary question by Mafia lawmaker Mbaraka Dau (CCM), who wanted to know whether the government was ready to lower the entrance charges to attract more tourists in the Island.

Dau was concerned that lowering entrance fees at the Mafia Island Marine Park would attract more tourists.

The legislator urged that the government should not continue with the management and development of the marine parks, because the Mafia municipal is entitled to 30 per cent of the total collected funds.

Ulega asserted that the government is willing to review the entrance fees to the Marine Park in Mafia Island in order to attract more tourists. He said the current entrance fee to the park is US $ 24 (55, 200/-).

The deputy minister noted that entrance fees are collected and managed by the Marine Parks and Reserve Act No 29, of 1994. He said the funds are used for development of the marine parks.

Mafia is renowned as an excellent world-class diving destination with some of the richest reefs in the world. The park covers the Southern part of Mafia Island and includes the inhabited islands of Chole, Juani Jibondo and Bwejuu and several uninhabited islets and the associated waters.

Mafia Island and its chain of small islets lie approximately 120 km south of Dar es Salaam.

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