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TANZANIA READY TO HOST 65TH COMMISSION FOR AFRICA MEETING – TOURISM MINISTER

BY: KOJO BENTUM WILLIAMS

Tanzania’s Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources Ambassador DR. Pindi H. Chana has assured the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) of the country’s readiness to host the Organisation’s Commission for Africa (CAF) Meeting in Arusha.

The 65th Commission for Africa Meeting is scheduled to take place from 5th to 7th October 2022 in Arusha, under the theme: “Rebuilding Africa’s Tourism Resilience for Inclusive Socio-Economic Development”.
Addressing the media after a preparatory mission to Arusha by a team from the UNWTO, Ambassador Chana said the East African country is ready to showcase the best of the country at the event.

‘’The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is proud to inform you that, the 65th UNWTO –CAF meeting scheduled to be hosted by The United Republic of Tanzania from 5th to 7th of October 2022 is one of the Strategic events geared to promote and develop the Tanzania – Royal Tour Program initiated by Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania.’’ The Minister observed.

“Tourism plays a very significant role in the economy of our country, for instance before the outbreak of COVID 19, Tanzania received 1.52 Million Tourists and earned 2.6 Billion US Dollars. The sector contributed an average of 17 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and generated 1.5 Million jobs (both direct and indirect jobs)”.

The Minister averred that the CAF meeting presents a fine opportunity for the country to strengthen customary relations between our country and the international community, particularly in matters related to travel and tourism.
The development of MICE Tourism which is highlighted in the ruling party CCM Election Manifesto (2020-2025) and the National Five Years Development Plan (2021/22 – 2025/26) as strategic tourism products geared to increase the number of tourists from the current level to five (5) million tourists and raise foreign currency earning to a tune of six (6) billion US Dollar by 2025.

 

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