Dr Hamis Kigwangala, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism said that a number of interventions which are now being taken by the ministry aims at bringing about revolution in the tourism industry.
Winding up his response to contributions by MPs on a report presented by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism, he said implementation of the “Hunt More for Less” campaign will improve the sector as well as boost revenues.
“There have been a number of issues related to hunting tourism. Its revenues dropped to 10bn/- in previous years, but since I took over the office in 2017, revenues from hunting tourism have increased by threefold to 40bn/- in the past financial year,” he declared.
There have been various issues related to tourist hunting since 2008, which occasioned a decrease in revenues, he said.
Citing a recent World Bank report, he said Tanzania is expected to tap US $ 16 billion from the tourism sector by 2025, while currently the sector contributes $2.4bn to the economy.
He said the WB report shows that by 2025, Tanzania will receive eight million foreign visitors compared to the current 1.5 million tourists arriving in the country each year.
“We have embarked on efforts to market our tourist attractions abroad, including establishing the Tanzania Safari Channel,” the minister noted.
Last year, the government threatened to ban tourism hunting accusing permitted hunters of killing animals not specified in their hunting permits, while some safari hunters were brutally shooting wild animals with several gun shots.
In October 2017, the tourism minister terminated hunting licenses issued in the same year by his predecessor, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, and directed that the hunting blocks be issued through an auction, as part of efforts to encourage transparency in the docket.