Zantel moves to promote tourism in Zanzibar

28Nov 2017
The Guardian
Zantel moves to promote tourism in Zanzibar

Mobile operator Zantel has launched a special package for foreigner travellers in Zanzibar, which is expected to boost the tourism industry in the Spice Islands.

The head of Zantel in Zanzibar, Mohamed Mussa (left) speaks at the press conference to unveil the special pack for tourists in Zanzibar last week. He is flanked by the company’s products specialist, Emilliana Vakolavene. Photo: Courtesy of Zantel

The first ever special Simcard bundled with airtime and data package for tourists, which is dubbed “Tourist Pack”, was launched last week.

The company said in a statement on the development that the new package will enable foreign travellers in Zanzibar to make local calls and international ones in six European countries, namely the UK, Spain, Denmark, Italy, France and USA at affordable rates.

Speaking at the launching of the special pack at a press conference in Zanzibar last Wednesday, the head of Zantel in Zanzibar, Mohamed Mussa, said the new pre-paid starter pack for tourists, offers airtime for international and local calls as well as internet bundles during the first month of use.

The special package, he added, seeks to enable tourists have a simpler and convenient way of staying connected with their families and relatives while away from home.

According to him, Zantel decided to come up with the product for tourists after conducting a thorough research which indicated that most tourists were in dire need of reliable mobile phone services, including internet connection during their stay in Zanzibar.

“When tourists land in Zanzibar the first thing they would often ask for is the availability of data, Wi-Fi, and internet connection, which means telecom service is very important for them and this is what prompted us to introduce this service to cater for their communications demand,” said the Zantel director.

He said the new starter pack rewards customers with 10 minutes (Zantel to Zantel), 10 minutes (Zantel to other networks), and five minutes for international calls in two countries; UK and Spain. The Zantel subscribers of Tourist Pack will also be offered 10 minutes for international calls in four countries, including France, Italy, Denmark and USA.

It also provides customers with the 4GB data package and once the package expires, the customer can subscribe to a range of other regular airtime and data packages offered by Zantel.

According to the statement, Zantel pays 2bn/- in taxes to the government of the Zanzibar every month and 24bn/- annually.

Mussa said the tourism sector’s contribution to the Zanzibar annual budget is around 25 and 27 per cent hence the need to improve the service sector in order to attract more visitors to the isles.

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