Gracing the inauguration of this year’s Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE) 2019 last Friday in Dar es Salaam, the Chief Secretary ambassador John Kijazi, said that very soon before the end of the year Nyerere national park will be launched, so, TTB should get ready to advertise the park which will be the largest in the continent.
Speaking at the ongoing SITE exhibition , Devotha Mdachi, managing director TTB, said that the board is well prepared and is ready and prepared for the challenge.. She said this is the fifth year since the inception of SITE and that participating tourist companies and stakeholders increased from 40 and 24 tourism agencies in 2014 to 200 companies and 333 tourism agencies participated in this year’s exhibition.
“Nyerere national park in the Selous reserved area will become the largest park in the continent. Our mission is to make sure that the word was fully aware about the park in collaboration with different stakeholders in and beyond the borders:
“There is an increment of Tanzanians participation in this year’s exhibition compared to the preceding years. In a move to attract more participants we are working closely with Tanzania’s ambassadors to the rest of the world to attract more visitors” said Mdachi.
Mdachi encouraged Tanzanians to vote for Mountain Kilimanjaro to win this year’s world tourism awards among other tourism attractions. She said that Tanzania has listed almost all tourism attractions alongside ten five star hotels to contest for the World Travel awards to be held next November in Muscat Oman.
“Mountain Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa competes for the World Leading Tourist Attraction 2019. I encourage Tanzanians to vote for our mountain and all listed attractions. Tanzania is also contesting for the World Leading Safari Destination with other seven countries of the continent,” said Mdachi.
She explained that Zanzibar Island competes with other 18 islands across the globe for the Most Tourists Visited Island award. According to her, already Serengeti National Park has earlier this year won a World Travel Award of being best national park.
“Tanzania had also earlier this year won the Best Sports Destination Award 2019 by the AFRICAN Sports Tourism Institute. I am hoping for the best in this November’s awards,” she concluded.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report for 2018, approximately 1.4million tourists traveled to different tourist destinations. The report states that out of them 67million tourists to African countries and Tanzania attracted only 1.5 million tourists.