Obama wanted his 8 day stay in Tanzania kept private, says TTB:

18Jul 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Obama wanted his 8 day stay in Tanzania kept private, says TTB:

TANZANIA Tourism Board (TTB) says former US president Barrack Obama’s 8 day stay in the country was not publicised because the family had requested that it remains a low key visit.

TTB managing director Devota Mdachi said they received the request of the visit remaining unpublicised and had to respect the family’s wish.


 “That was the family’s request. We respect the wish of such personalities,” said Mdachi.


Mdachi said many other world personalities have continued to enter Tanzania with such requests and have been granted.


“We did not publicise the visit of the President of the Switzerland,  Alain Berset because that, too, was a private family visit to our attractions.” Added Mdachi.


However, the MD says the continued coming of world leaders into Tanzania for holiday was a clear indication that Tanzania’s name was on the global map.


She named other prominent world figures who have visited Tanzania’s attractions as world-class footballer David Beckham, American film actor Will Smith and their families.


“These personalities come here to rest and do not want their enjoyment and rest encroached upon --- and we ensure strictly that.” Asserted Mdachi.


She says Tanzania has managed to remain on the global map as a result of frequent visits by some of the world’s most prominent personalities.


She said that despite them not being publicised, the visits are a clear testimony that Tanzania is still recognised in the global map and that the increasing number of tourists that Tanzania was currently receiving was a another testimony.


“Tourists now know that Tanzania is not only safe, but that it has tourist attractions not found elsewhere on this planet,” said Mdachi.


Mdachi was responding to inquiries from the media on why the arrival and the 8-day stay of retired US President Barrack Obama in Serengeti National Park was kept a secret.


She gave illustrative comparative figures to show increasing numbers of tourist arrivals from the US and Switzerland. She said in 2012 US arrivals were 65,000 while last year Tanzania received 67, 238 American tourists. In 2012 Tanzania hosted 10,356 Swiss tourists, rising to 14,474 tourists last year.