The Deputy minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Constantine Kanyasu, said that TANAPA contributed only 15 per cent to the government coffers and the remainder is used to improve the infrastructures in the game reserves.
Speaking in Tabora region on Tuesday when he visited Ugalla Game Reserve, the deputy minister called on residents of Tabora and adjoining regions to prepare themselves to grab the opportunities in tourism businesses from the Mayowosi Kigosi and Ugalla game reserves whose status had been elevated.
He said: “We started in the south and we are now in the west, our aim is to ensure all tourist areas open up for tourism.”
Kanyasu called for the building of tourist hotels, and farmers to grow crops to attract tourists, adding that tourism is sustainable business, saying when tourists come to visit our attractions they expect two things – security and hospitality.
On his part, the Sikonge District Commissioner Peres Magri said the opening up of the western circuit sends the message for the residents to grab the opportunities to invest in tourism infrastructures.
He said since Sikonge district has 95 per cent of forest reserves, the position that will boost wananchi to exploit available opportunities.