In her opening remarks of the first Biashara Club Workshop for 2019 in Arusha this week, KCB Bank Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Christine Manyenye said the bank has made deliberate efforts to bring in stakeholders together to share knowledge and experiences.
Manyenye said they brought together institutions like Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) and East Africa Business Council (EABC) to deliberate on ways to move the tourism industry forward.
“Let’s work together and develop tourism to global standards, KCB has tools to help you do so,” the Marketing Head said.
Speaking at the same event, KCB Bank’s Arusha Main Branch Manager, Judith Lubuva commended the attending business executives and clients for taking time to attend the workshop saying it was worthwhile doing so.
“This workshop is aptly timed as the tourism industry in the region continued to stabilise and further incline towards a boom in the future,” Lubuva said.
Her observations were backed by Abdul Juma who is KCB Bank’s Head of SME and Mortgage who said the bank has various products and services offered through Biashara Club which included networking with other business executives.
“We also allow you to open new markets through group business trips to countries like China, Malaysia and South Africa all organised under the Biashara Club arrangement,” Juma said while affirming that KCB Bank is committed towards development of the tourism industry.
“We have introduced the tour operator account which allows e-payments into the account as well as added perks like free internet banking and free cash withdrawals,” Juma added.
The Arusha event comes only a few months after a similar event held in Mwanza where over 200 business people from macro, small and medium seize industries. The KCB Biashara Club is a forum designed specifically for SME customers to provide a platform to interact amongst themselves, facilitate training on different techniques of doing business and give them exposure to other businesses and suppliers inside and outside Tanzania.