Zainab Ansell awarded best tour operator

12Aug 2020
James Lanka
The Guardian
Zainab Ansell awarded best tour operator

​​​​​​​THE founder and managing director of Zara Tanzania Adventures (ZARA Tours),  Zainab Ansell has been named as the best tour operator of the year 2020, proving her extraordinary efforts to shape the multi-billion-dollar tourism industry.

This is the second year in a row the female tour operator is recognised as the best tour operator after she scooped the overall winner in the male dominated industry in the maiden Tanzania National Parks’ (TANAPA) prestigious awards in 2019 in a colorful event held in Arusha.

Ansell was particularly celebrated as an extraordinary woman who fought extremely hard to emerge at the top of the male-controlled business and shape the tourism industry through her dedication, hard work and innovation.

She positioned herself as an exemplary leader in the industry and helped her company stand out of the crowd.

“This certifies that Zara Tanzania Adventures has been awarded the best tour operator 1st prize for an outstanding business contribution among tour companies engaging in mountain climbing activity,” reads the certificate of recognition which the Natural Resources and Tourism Minister, Dr Hamis Kigwangalla, handed over to her during this year’s award gala.

Zara Tanzania Adventures was also feted as the overall runner-up for immense business input among tour firms operating in the popular Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit comprising Serengeti — the country’s flagship national park — and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, Manyara and Arusha.

As if that was not enough, Zara Tours was also honoured the best tour firm among its peers in selling walking safaris. Her Serengeti Wild Camp also scooped the 3rd position as the best seasonal camp for its significant business contribution.

Internationally, Zainab Ansell was last year recognized for innovating appropriate model for transferring tourists’ dollars to hundreds of poor women in Tanzania.

During the Global Gender Summit (GGS) 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda, she was awarded in recognition of her innovation and sustainable business model that has uplifted and impacted hundreds of marginalised women in the tourism host communities of Tanzania.

Congratulations to Zainab Ansell, Winner of the Invest to impact for creating jobs, improving lives and fighting climate change within her communities,” writes Impact Award, the organisers.