Russia-Ukraine war slows tourist arrivals in Zanzibar

16May 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Russia-Ukraine war slows tourist arrivals in Zanzibar

TOURIST arrivals in Zanzibar slowed down to 114,409 in the quarter ending March 2022 from 145,263 in the corresponding quarter in 2021 associated with ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

The Tanzania Tourist Board said that it was encouraging that travellers were still choosing the country despite the pandemic. PHOTO/FILE

The two countries have been major sources of tourists flocking to Zanzibar following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors from Poland, France, Germany and Scandinavian countries dominated the market by 41.8 percent.

However, completion of projects, such as Karume International Airport Terminal II and continued investment by private sector are expected to further stimulate tourism activities in the economy.

Reports have shown Zanzibar received nearly 394,200 tourists in 2021. The semi-autonomous region of Tanzania still reported a shrunk volume of tourist arrivals as an impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Tanzania Tourist Board said that it was encouraging that travellers were still choosing the country despite the pandemic.

In October 2021, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania has been granted TZS 90 billion for the financial year 2021-2022, which is equivalent to 6.9 percent of the whole IMF loan of TZS 1.3 trillion in emergency financial assistance to support Tanzania’s efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In October last year, the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, called upon EAC Partner States to develop a coordinated approach that will be instrumental in overcoming the challenges facing the tourism sector occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the 1st EAC Regional Tourism Expo 2021 at the TGT Grounds in Arusha, Tanzania, President Mwinyi said Partner States should continuously refine national policies and devise new programmes to deliver responsible, inclusive and sustainable tourism products that will attract more visitors from all over the world.

“It is immensely gratifying to know that the EAC Regional Tourism EXPO will play a vital role in engaging all the governments of member states of our Community and the private sector in setting the vision and direction for tourism development in the region,” said Dr. Mwinyi.

President Mwinyi told to exhibitors at the expo that an East African Legislative Assembly Report on tourists’ arrival in East Africa had proposed that Partner States’ governments should exert more in order to increase EAC’s global market share in the world tourism industry

Zanzibar is a unique and the right destination for heritage tourism. Apart from Stone town - a world heritage site, a collection of buildings have been marked as the most cultural and architecturally important in Zanzibar including Maruhubi Palace and Kizimkazi Mosques.

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