The convention brings together decision-makers from around the world to discuss policy issues and investment decisions on the hunting sub-sector.
Dr Damas Ndumbaro, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, leading a delegation of five top officials, arrived in the US yesterday to attend the meeting organized by the World Hunting Association.
The minister is expected to market Tanzania’s hunting blocks to investors as Tanzania is among the leading destinations globally in tourism hunting, and confer with various stakeholders during the meeting, described as the highest platform to market investment opportunities.
Those in the delegation include the Director for Wildlife, Dr Maurus Msuha, the board chairman for the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) Maj. Gen. Hamis Semfuko and the acting TAWA director, Mabula Misungwi.
Yet others are TAWA board member Lulu Ng’wanakilala and the agency’s chief conservationist Segolin Tarimo. The minister was yesterday received by Tanzania’s ambassador to the US, Elsie Kanza.
Thousands of trophy hunters from around the world will gather in Reno, in the state of Nevada for Safari Club International’s annual convention, featuring over 870 exhibitors showcasing trophy hunting opportunities and wildlife parts and products.
Tanzania is known for its vast wilderness areas, especially the Serengeti National Park plains, a safari icon populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and the Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. There is also great interest in the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and the safari hideout of Mafia, a marine park home for viewing whales and sharks at close range, amid teeming life at coral reefs.