During his meeting with the ministry’s management in the Isles, Dr Shein said that Zanzibar has been blessed with plenty of tourist attractions which if well improved and promoted, will double or triple the number of tourists in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
“My government on its side will be there to support all the initiatives including developing key tourist infrastructures, market well its attractions nationally and internationally but also attract more investors to develop services so as to make more tourists find better visits,” he said.
Earlier, Second Vice President Ambassador Seif Ali Idd urged the ministry to come up with initiatives of taking some top leaders to various attractions for them to market them wherever they go, especially in foreign lands.
For his part, the minister for Information, Tourism and Heritage Mahmoud Thabit Kombo said that the ministry was implementing initiatives including rehabilitating some major historical buildings built during the colonial period.
“Historical sites are among attractions which pull more tourists thus injecting plenty of foreign currency,” he said.
The government is also constructing a new tourist centre at Bi Khole area in Bungi, Central Zanzibar District.
“The project is implemented by Quality Building Contractor and the company has already commenced the job.”
Zanzibar is made up of two large islands—Unguja and Pemba with many small islands. It relies heavily on tourism for its economic development.
Zanzibar is famous for its spices and the slave trade of the 19th century, to the extent that the Stone Town of Zanzibar is named as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Isles are expected to host 450,000 international tourists this year, with the visitors contributing 27 percent of its gross domestic product and 83 percent of foreign exchange earnings. The industry has generated 22,000 jobs as well as benefitting farmers, fishermen and livestock keepers.