The number of tourists who visited the country in 2016 was 1,284,279 compared to 1,137, 182 who came to Tanzania in 2015.
“We have been taking key interventions to improve our tourism sector. We have also identified some new attractions that are included in the country’s five-year development plan—2016/17-2020/21”, said Eng Ramo Makani, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism.
He was responding to a question posed by Chambani MP Yussuf Salim Hussein (CUF) who wanted to know how the government was prepared to deal with the increased number of tourists in the country.
The Deputy Minister said that his ministry was now prioritizing improvement and supervision of tourist services. He said efforts were also underway to expand tourist activities countrywide by identifying new tourism products, especially in the southern circuit and western corridor of the Serengeti National Park.
Eng Makani said the government’s decision to purchase two aircrafts as well as four others which are expected in the country in the near future would help boost the tourism sector.
He said investments have been made in construction of roads, international standard hotels and transport services to and from national parks. He said most of these efforts were made by the private sector, calling upon it to continue improving provision of services.
Eng Makani noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism had already evaluated about 1,000 kilometres of the Indian Ocean coast from Tanga to Mtwara Region with the aim of making it special for diving, snorkeling and fishing.
He explained that plans were underway to improve tourist activities around Lake Victoria, which includes opening new gates to allow tourists to enter the Serengeti National Park via different entrances.