Tourism industry revenue income inches up by 8 pc

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Maj. Gen. Gaudence Milanzi, said this in Dar es Salaam while briefing members of press on the 2014’s tourism survey report.

He said that the survey was conducted by the ministry in collaboration with the Bank of Tanzania (BoT), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Immigration Department and the Zanzibar Commission of Tourism (ZCT).

Maj. Gen. Milanzi noted further that Zanzibar earned 269.3million US dollars in 2014, up from 210.5 million US dollars in 2013. He noted that an average expenditure of a tourist per day in 2014 stood at 221 US dollars down from 284 US dollars reported in 2013.

The PS pointed out that 15 major tourist markets contributed by 82 per cent of all the international tourists, adding that Zimbabwe, China and Holland were new markets of tourists in the group of 15 major markets in 2014 which have taken over from Sweden, Switzerland and India which were in the group in 2013.

He noted that wild animals’ tourism in the Tanzania mainland contributed by 43.5 per cent and most of the tourists in the area in question came from United Kingdom, France and Italy.

PS Milanzi noted that most of the tourists were irritated by the lack of credit card services in most of the destinations whereby 87 per cent of tourists were forced to pay using cash money. “For the tourism sector to grow, it must be advertised vigorously domestically and internationally. These challenges should be keenly dealt with while expanding our focus to cover not only wild animals but all other attractions including our beautiful beaches,” he added
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