Tanapa’s Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Business Development, William Mwakilema told Property Watch that the authority has already set aside thousands of square kilometers of space for such investments.
“We want to get world class hotel rooms to accommodate the growing number of tourists visiting our national parks which are current facing shortages,” Mwakilema said. He said such investments are urgently needed in the Southern Tourist Circuit where investment had been lacking for sometimes.
Mwakilema named the national parks as Ruaha with an area of over 20,000 square kilometers, Katavi with 4,471 square kilometers, Mahale has 1,577 square kilometers and Mkomazi with an area of 3,245. Other national parks are: Mikumi which covers an area of 3,245 square kilometers, Saadani with 1,100 square kilometers and Kitulo which has 413 square kilometers.
“We need investors who can build hotel falling in the categories of between three and five-stars and possible above such grading because currently we have serious shortage of such hotel rooms in the parks,” he stated saying that investors are assured of maximum returns because tourism is growing rapidly in the country.
According to Tanzania Tourist Board, some 957,536 tourists visited national parks in 2015/16 season earning Tanapa over 171.09bn/- in revenue from 46.9bn/- in 2013/14 season. The country received over one million foreign arrivals last year.
With its 19 national parks, 28 game reserves and 38 game controlled areas, Tanzania expects to welcome more than two million foreign arrivals by 2020 mostly coming from Asia where Air Tanzania Company Limited will start flying later this year.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers published 8th edition of its “Hotels outlook: 2018-2022” report that provided an overview of how the hotel industry in South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania is expected to develop over the coming years, the country is expected to have 900 additional rooms during the period.
“PwC expects 900 additional rooms by 2019 and 1,200 by 2022, with the total number of available rooms increasing from 7,700 in 2017 to 8,900 in 2022,” the PwC report stated.