Five national parks receive ISO awards

12Oct 2021
Correspondent
Arusha
The Guardian
Five national parks receive ISO awards

​​​​​​​FIVE National Parks under the auspices of Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) have received six awards and five certificates of Excellency from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for provision of world standard services in the tourism sector.

This was disclosed here yesterday by the Natural Resources and Tourism minister, Dr Damas Ndumbaro at the event to present ISO certificates to the National Parks at the East African Tourism Exhibition.

The minister said since TANAPA made changes in its operation system from civil to martial system, it has been able to receive six certificates of Excellency in its five national parks.

He said the six certificates were awarded to Serengeti National Park, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National park, Arusha National Park while the sixth was awarded to the TANAPA management. 

Meanwhile, Dr Ndumbaro hailed TANAPA for bringing fame to country in the provision of tourist services to world standards.

“In conservation, tourism and the running of these two services, TANAPA is among the best in the world, hence I congratulate the board of Trustees, its management under Dr Allan Kijazi, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and tourist services providers as all contributed in the  achievements,” said Dr Ndumbaro.

For his part, PS Dr Allan Kijazi, who also doubles as Director of National Conservation Authority said in all institutions under the Natural Resources and Tourism ministry, only TANAPA has been the first as example in providing services at world standards.

“I congratulate TANAPA for the efforts that have borne fruits to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and the nation in general since it was not an easy job, said Dr Kijazi.

He further said the process from the civil to the martial system begun in 2017 and there were people who derided the move thinking it was a mere waste of time.

He said as for now the system has brought in achievements to the country especially in regard to tourism business as one needs to abide by international standards.

“I must also thank officials who led the transformation process which has realised our dreams set four years ago, and I would also want to stress that TANAPA has two responsibilities namely in conservation and tourism.

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