Ministry to enhance vehicle check-points in national parks

17Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Ministry to enhance vehicle check-points in national parks

NATURAL Resources and Tourism ministry has assured members of the public that it will continue improving various challenges facing tourism sector including frequent check-ups   by the traffic police to tourists’ vehicles.

The ministry’s deputy minister Constatine Kanyasu

The ministry’s deputy minister Constatine Kanyasu said this at the tourism stakeholders’ conference in Arusha.

According to him, the government in collaboration has built vehicle check-points in national parks to address the issue of traffic police.

He said that the new check-points among others will be used to screen drivers to find out if they are using alcohol while driving.

“The check-points will also be used to strengthen security to tourists including controlling crimes,” he said.

Kanyasu said that tourism has continued to play an important role in the country’s economy and is rated among the fastest growing sectors in the country.

He said that that the government is committed in developing and promoting sustainable growth on the travel and tourism sector in the country in order to preserve its natural and cultural resources.

For his part, Arusha Regional Police Commander Jonathan Shana called on tourists and stakeholders to adhere to the country’s laws so as to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.

He wanted any tourist who could encounter any challenge from the police officers to report so that measures were  taken.

Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo said that the major aim of introducing the check-points in national parks was to address blues that tourists’ vehicles frequently face when sending visitors to the parks.

“Now tourists will have more time to spend when visiting various attractions in our national parks as there will be formal check-points to stop instead of being stopped by traffic police informally,” he added.

Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner since 2012, contributing an average of $2 billion annually, which is equivalent to 25 per cent of all exchange earnings, according to the government data. It also contributes to more than 17 per cent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GPD) and creating more than 1.5 million jobs, 500,000 of which are direct.