Zanzibar eyes best honeymoon destination

Zanzibar eyes best honeymoon destination

IN addition to several other festivals aimed to boost tourism in Zanzibar, the isles  has announced plans to launch a  'Wedding Festival' later this year, as it eyes to  become best honeymoon destination.

Zanzibar Minister for Tourism and Heritage Ms Lela Mohamed Mussa pledged to provide full support to the planned event.

The organising committee of the 'Zanzibar Wedding Festival (ZWF)' led by its founder Mr Farid Fazach, said at the press conference held at Serena Hotel, Stone Town that preparations were underway for the arguably first ever wedding fiesta in the region.

He mentioned some of the festival's objectives as to show and promote wedding dresses and rituals, preserve Zanzibar culture, promote tourism and advertise Zanzibar as the best honeymoon destination, provide opportunities for traders and entrepreneurs, as a unique place for wedding, and train young people about the wedding business.   

"We aim at attracting people at weddings from across the world to choose Zanzibar as the best wedding and honeymoon destination. We look forward for support from stakeholders," Fazach said in the presence of the African Tourism Board Member Ms Mariam Ally Lesian who said that some 13 countries have already expressed interest to travel to Zanzibar to participate in the launch of the 'wedding festival.'

Ms Lesian said: "I would like to commend the Hamasa group for coming up with a good idea of having a wedding festival. African countries have many similar traditions and cultures that can be used to attract more tourists and boost the economy. Let us utilize the wealth and resources we have such as forests, wildlife, and culture to build our economy stronger." 

The Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT) Marketing Director, Ms Hafsa Mbamba and the Chairperson of 'Hotels Association of Zanzibar (HAZ)' Mr Wilfred Shirima said that festivals have been contributing a lot to the development of the country by attracting visitors and advertise Zanzibar/Tanzania and also create job opportunities.

Tourism and Heritage Minister Ms Mussa said that the government backs up the wedding festival because it is among activities and events that support the government's ongoing initiatives to promote investments, tourism, and innovation that result in job opportunities in the country.

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