Dr Damas Ndumbaro, the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism led the Tanzanian delegation arriving on Tuesday to attend the event organized by Safari Club International (SCI). In his remarks, he commended the companies for a job well done to market Tanzania at the gathering, one of the highest platforms to attract investors in the sector.
The convention offers an opportunity for Tanzania to market its tourist destinations and exposure to government officials attending, where about 200 hunting companies are participating in the convention, from Europe, America, Canada and Africa, he said.
The participation of eight local companies in the gathering was a huge step for the local hunting sector, he stated, elaborating that discussions held with various executives offer lessons on taking a closer look at hunting tourism.
If well managed it can play a bigger role in economic development, the minister underlined, pointing at the need to market Tanzania’s hunting blocks to investors as Tanzania is among the leading nations globally in wildlife conservation and tourism hunting.
Michael Mantheakis, a participant who runs a hunting business in the country, said the annual convention has been helpful to his company in connecting with customers.
The ministry’s team at the discussions included the Director for Wildlife, Dr Maurus Msuha; board chairman for the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) Major General (retired) Hamis Semfuko and the TAWA Acting Director, Mabula Misungwi.
Others were TAWA board member Lulu Ng’wanakilala and the TAWA chief conservationist Segolin Tarimo, with the minister being received by Elsie Kanza, ambassador to the United States.
Upon departure, the minister said ministry would use the 50th annual hunting convention to market its hunting blocks among other tourism sector products. .