The Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources Damas Ndumbaro (Pictured) said that a group of tour operators in Zanzibar were due to launch charter flights from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport to Mkomazi Rhino sanctuary as the move to promote tourism activities.
Speaking at the inauguration of the three-day East African Community (EAC) Regional Tourism Expo (EARTE), the Minister said that the flights are due to start next month and will see an influx of tourists visiting Mkomazi.
On his part, EAC Director General In Charge Customs and Trade Kenneth Bagamuhunda said the expo will help in leveraging the growing regional tourism market.
Kenyan Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Joseph Boinett congratulated Tanzania for taking up the mantle in hosting the inaugural EARTE.
The theme of the EXPO is “Promotion of Resilient Tourism for Inclusive Socio-economic Development.” The theme is informed by the need to develop the tourism sector in a sustainable manner following the devastating impact on the sector by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The travel and tourism sector, globally, was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic more than any other economic sector.
Introduced by EAC ministers responsible for tourism, the expo is done on rotational basis. Burundi will be the next host of EARTE next year.
Tanzania becomes the first East African country to host the expo which among other things seeks create awareness on tourism investment opportunities amid the pandemic and promote EAC as a single tourism destination.
In October next year, the country will host the 65 United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa. The meeting is expected to take place in Arusha.