UNWTO: TZ tourism  excels despite Covid-19

UNWTO: TZ tourism excels despite Covid-19

THE United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNW- TO) has mentioned Tanzania as one of the African countries that continued to excel in tourism sector amid challenges brought about by Covid-19.

UNWTO Secretary Gen- eral, Mr Zurab Pololkashvir, hailed Tanzania on Thursday at the UNWTO 24th General Assembly in Madrid, Spain.

Mr Pololkashvir said the country, like some other African countries, has continued performing well in the tourism sector despite challenges ex- perienced due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said Tanzania is one of the fastest growing countries in Africa that ensure the tourism industry performs well by seizing various opportunities that have been emerging for promotion of its tourist attractions.

He further commended Tanzania for successfully hosting the first East African Regional Tourism Expo (EARTE) which was held in October this year in Arusha with a goal of promoting tourism in the region.

According to him, Tanzania has demonstrated great maturity and resilience in making sure that the EARTE was successful despite having a short period to prepare amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m so proud of you (Tanzania)...the country is among a few nations in Africa whose tourism sector shows great prospects in terms of revenue generation in the continent,” said Mr Pololkashvir.Commenting on this, the Minister for Natural Resourc- es and Tourism, Dr Damas Ndumbaro, extended apprecia- tion to the UNWTO Secretary General for recognising initiatives being taken by Tanzania in ensuring the tourism sector continues to reap huge benefits in terms of revenues.

“It’s a great privilege and honour to be recognized for making the first tourism expo in the East African region a success...we considered the event to be small but our colleagues here in the international arena found it outstanding,” said Dr Ndumbaro.

He further noted that the regional expo along with the UNWTO summit is an opportunity to promote tourism, but also as a chance for the country to attract more tourists to come to Tanzania and invest in the tourism industry.

He was of the view that the good gesture shown by the UNWTO Secretary General is quite encouraging in further accelerating promotion of the country’s tourist attraction sites.

“It’s a clear reflection that Tanzanians are committed people and can successfully prepare high level meetings at greater standards,” noted the Minister.

As such, Dr Ndumbaro also thanked President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her support in promoting Tanzania’s tour- ism through her recent ‘Royal Tour’ which she engineered.

Meanwhile, Dr Ndumbaro used the four-day meeting in Madrid, Spain to welcome various world leaders, including Tourism Ministers and experts in the forthcoming Africa Tourism Summit to take place in Arusha on October 6-8, next year, to be hosted by Tanzania.


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