Right tourist forum, right research come en-masse
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AS an in-door International Tourism Expo, known as Swahili Tourism Expo (SITE) starts in Dar es Salaam tomorrow, Tanzanians have every reason to fully come en-masse and exploit the exhibition’s forum to go another mileage.

This will be another opportunity to tour, showcase and sell the country to the international tourists that Tanzania is the best place to relax, research and watch alive what one has been seeing in the televisions.

It should be considered good news as supported by the Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Ms Devota Mdachi, that the three-day international show at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JINCC) would host about 150 institutions and companies from 13 African countries and 186 tourist local and travel agents to network and know much about tourist attractions in the country.

It would be the best forum for the participants and visitors to exchange views on various topics related to tourism and research activities, which may still be lying dormant and fully not tapped in the country.

Just to mention a few, the country has many tourist sites as well as renowned world archaeological heritage ones including Kilimanjaro National Park, ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve, remains of Songo Mnara and Zanzibar’s Stone town which Researchers can still work in.

It is equally good news that Tanzania has some 20 world heritage sites worth mapping, earmarking and receiving international support according to the President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, Dr Douglas Comer who also recently led a delegation of scientists in touring archaeological sites located in Tanzania’s Northern circuit.

That shows the future of the country is bright in improving its tourism, culture and education as it strives to conserve and protect them for the future generations.

It was a blessing when more than 100 delegates from the International Committee on Archeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and ICOMOS previously held a special meeting in Bagamoyo, Coast Region, and then toured Laetoli Archaelogical discovery sites, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorogoro Crater and Dr Leakey’s working station with Prof Charles Musiba, a Tanzanian Archeologist based in the United States leading them, as a show that the country is a force to reckon with in the corridors of research.

Tanzania generally has potential tourist and archeological sites for references among researchers and scientists worldwide, the best investment the country still need to bank on.

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