Speaking to reporters yesterday, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Acting Marketing Manager Joseph Sendwa said the coming of the tourists aboard a specialized ship boosts some service outlets, spur revenue collection that drives economic growth.
“The coming of the ship that brought in tourists to our city means they will hire vehicles hence more income to vehicle owners, apart from income to the Immigration Department,” he said.
TTB will continue supporting government efforts in developing the tourism sector, by ensuring a friendly environment in many areas including Dar es Salaam port berths nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and also 7, which receives a big number of tourists.
“This ship has docked at a new berth. We are proud of that and our expectations are for more tourist ships as this increases the country’s revenues,” he stated.
A tourist, Whori Warabisako from Japan said his coming to Tanzania is an opportunity for him to learn about the culture of Tanzania and observe the country’s peaceful environment.
The tourists who hail from Japan, the United States, China, Taiwan and Britain arrived yesterday at 6.00 am aboard MV Azamara, a big modern ship that makes its voyages around the world advertising ‘ocean tourism.’
The ship was expected to depart yesterday at 10.00pm for Zanzibar to take tourists who plan to visit historical areas including the Zanzibar Stone Town.