The highest free standing mountain in world and our national pride Mount Kilimanjaro needs your vote now. Tanzanians around the world are encouraged to vote for local geographical phenomena that may win the, Seven natural wonders competition been conducted by a not-for-profit organisation under the same name.
Managing Director of The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Dr Aloyce Nzuki made the call yesterday during a press conference meant for the launch of the second season of the competition in Dar es Salaam. The director named the site running the completion and site for voting is www.sevennaturalwonders.org
Out of 28 contestants which have made it to this stage of the stiff competition, only two nominations are from Africa, our very own majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and the flat topped Table Mountain of South Africa.
Voting trends so far indicate that voting for Kilimanjaro is mostly from the diaspora with limited home participation. Our close competitor is however threatening to clench victory as it is getting a lot more love from home voters.
Should Tanzania win the competition it shall serve well the local natural and cultural heritage sites attracting tourism from the World over and giving a push start to the growing yet sluggish national income.
Reacting to press questions on how to ascertain victory, TTB Boss noted the pitfalls or more ccurately shortfalls of the previous competition noting that some competing attractions are voted for by multiple countries that share it granting it more votes.
He gave the Amazon sites in South America as an example citing they are voted for by nine countries while take Mount Kilimanjaro for instance, whose sole supporter in the voting are Tanzanians.
Having said that, he reminded Tanzanians to vote early and encourage participation if our sites are to winning the historic and economically sensitive titles.