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Tanzania intensifies its promotion as the main world tourist destination

He The government has revealed investment opportunities in the tourism industry to visiting global travel agents as it seeks to unlock the full potential of the industry.

The bustling city of Arusha hosted an influential gathering of global travel agents and local tour operators on Thursday, setting the stage for possible future collaborations aimed at boosting Tanzania’s burgeoning tourism industry.

The high-profile Business-to-Business (B2B) event was attended by the Deputy Commissioner for Conservation in the Research and Training section of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr. Iman Nkuwi, who outlined lucrative investment opportunities in the tourism industry of the country. .

In his presentation, Mr. Nkuwi emphasized that Tanzania welcomes large-scale investors willing to contribute to the development of state-of-the-art recreational facilities.

Highlighting specific investment avenues, he mentioned the establishment of captive wildlife facilities, luxury lodges and camps, beekeeping companies, forestry projects and the fast-growing ultra facilities for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) as key areas of focus.

“We have reserved a total of 179 investment sites for accommodation facilities with the capacity to add an additional 7,744 beds,” Mr Nkuwi announced.

His statement underlined the significant expansion potential in Tanzania’s hospitality segment, which is seen as critical to catering to the growing influx of tourists attracted by the country’s rich biodiversity and unique cultural heritage.

The strategic locations of these investment sites, coupled with supportive government policies, present a golden opportunity for global investors to tap into Tanzania’s thriving tourism industry.

Mr Nkuwi’s insights further revealed that Tanzania’s vast and diverse ecosystems, ranging from the Serengeti plains to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, offer unparalleled experiences to visitors, thereby driving demand for high-quality accommodation and recreational facilities.

Nkuwi reiterated the government’s commitment to facilitating and fostering an investor-friendly environment. With 179 designated sites ready for development, Tanzania’s tourism industry stands on the brink of a transformative era, offering promising returns for discerning investors that align with the country’s vision of sustainable and inclusive growth.

Key stakeholders at the event expressed their optimism and willingness to explore these investment opportunities. Turkish travel agent who serves as vice president of the Istanbul Tourism Association (ISTA), Mr. Murtaza Kalender, said that he has fallen in love with the investment opportunities in the hotel industry.

“Otherwise, we would not know that there is huge investment potential in the hospitality sector without this special presentation. Tanzania is now my second home. I will embrace this opportunity,” Mr Murtaza said. He said Tanzania has what it takes to attract 15 million tourists in the next decade, if current efforts to engage global travel agents are sustained.

“Collaboration between international travel agents and local tour operators is expected to not only strengthen tourism infrastructure but also improve the overall visitor experience, thereby contributing significantly to Tanzania’s economic growth,” Mr Murtaza noted.

The B2B event in Arusha marked an important milestone in Tanzania’s path towards establishing itself as a world-class tourism destination.

As the dialogues initiated during this meeting evolve into concrete partnerships, the future of Tanzania’s tourism sub-sector looks bright indeed, filled with endless possibilities for investors and travelers alike.