Unguja Urban West Regional commissioner Idrisa Kitwana Mustafa revealed at the weekend when speaking at the maiden celebration of Stone Town day initiated by President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
The RC said December 2020 President Mwinyi decided to establish the day after meeting with Stone Town stakeholders for discussion on its development and preservation
“The preservation of the Stone Town is a pillar of Zanzibar’s economy; hence, it was important for the people to preserve the Stone Town buildings as they are a great attraction to tourists,” said RC Mustafa.
He said tourism in Zanzibar contributes 27 per cent to the national income and 83 per cent of its foreign exchange and called on Stone Town stakeholders to continue preserving its environment.
He said Zanzibar’s Stone Town Day will be commemorated on December 2 each year, the day the Town was incorporated as a world heritage site by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
For his part, architect for the Zanzibar Stone Town Preservation Authority Said Abdulrazizi Ali said the celebration has been organised through coordination of three institutions including the Department of Museums and Historical sites, the Commission for Tourism and the Stone Town Preservation Authority.
He said they have decided to hold the commemoration that includes advertising of Zanzibar traditional foods, historical sites of the Stone Town in order to develop the tourism sector towards the Blue Economy.
He said Zanzibar Stone Town is an international city and the community is called on to protect it due to its being a great tourist attraction for the benefit of the nation.