Dr Damas Ndumbaro, the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism made this affirmation yesterday after a meeting with those investors in Dar es Salaam, saying that the investors will construct four hotels in the prime national parks of Serengeti, Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro.
They will construct hotels under the Kempinski brand, a global chain of luxury hotels based in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Our meeting was very fruitful, we expect to begin construction next January,” he said, recalling that an exercise to grade and classify hotels in 2017 found the city of Dar es Salaam with three five star accommodation facilities.
The process was done by team of assessors, using set criteria for standardization of tourism facilities developed under the auspices of the East African Community (EAC).
The classification and grading of accommodation establishments included essential tools used by assessors such as the business license, fire safety certificate and an assessment sheet as the main tool to gather information of the establishment’s particulars for allocating appropriate grading scores along with assessors’ remarks.
The tourism sector has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with government agencies that collect revenue from natural resources missing their target by 85 per cent in the 2020/21 financial year.
The Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) and the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) were given a combined target of collecting a total of 584,626,710,590/- but managed only 15 percent of it.
The agencies missed over 495bn/- due to the disruptions, officials noted.