The visitors were welcomed at KIA by Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa and Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamis Kigwangalla, Tanzania Tourists Board Chairman, retired High Court Judge Thomas Mihayo and NMB Bank Plc management officials. The bank is the official sponsor of the trip.
Addressing the tourists, Majaliwa said he hopes that the maiden chartered flight will return to the country on several occasion with more Chinese tourists.
“China and Tanzania have special and historic relations which are being confirmed once against here by your arrival,” Majaliwa told the visitors many of whom had never set their foot in Tanzania.
Narrating the many tourist attractions which the country has, the PM assured the Chinese visitors that Tanzania is a haven of peace hence they should feel safe and at home.
“We pride ourselves as one of the few African countries which have remained politically stable and peaceful since gaining our independence,” Majaliwa noted.
He further challenged local tourism agents and guides to treat the visitors warmly so that memories of Tanzania should last longer even after their four days visit.
Majaliwa paid tribute to Chinese company behind the trip, Tash-Road International Group and its Chairman, He Lei Hiu for successfully organizing the journey saying such a move strengthens the bond of relations between the Chinese and Tanzanians.
NMB’s China Desk Manager, Agness Mulole said as a bank, they strongly support government’s efforts to promote tourism and grow the industry hence decision to sponsor the trip.
“But our support is also in terms of bringing our banking services closer to the visitors who want to change money or draw some cash from our teller machines,” Mulole said.
She pointed out that the Chinese visitors will be served at all times through different mechanism and at any location in the country because NMB has presence in almost all administrative districts of the country.
“We want to assure our visitors that wherever they go they will find us and our services,” she bragged.
NMB which is the largest commercial bank by branch network has over 229 physical branches countrywide and 6,000 agents backed by hundreds of ATM machines.