Visiting tour and travel agents from Eastern Europe have expressed amazement at Tanzania’s wealth of tourist attractions.
Their remarks raise hopes of a potential influx of visitors from their home countries in the near future as the region becomes a prime target for Tanzania’s latest tourism marketing strategies.
Speaking on Wednesday at the northern Tanzania’s Arusha airport after completing a tour of several national parks in the northern circuit, the agents said they were thrilled by what they had seen in terms of wildlife and the like, and promised to sell the country well upon their return home.
They added that the experience had gone a long way towards dispelling misconceptions that many Eastern Europeans have about Tanzania and Africa in general.
“For most of us, this was nothing short of a lifetime experience…you cannot get such an experience in Europe,” said Maria Mihutescu, a travel agent from Romania.
Mihutescu added that she was happy to have the chance to have up close and personal encounters with a wide variety of wildlife and getting a feel for Tanzania’s diverse culture.
“This is a special country endowed with a lot of natural resources… we will be good ambassadors once we get back home,” she said.
Sharing similar sentiments, the Director of the BCD Travel tour operating company from Ukraine, Volodymyr Voloshyn, singled out the wide range of wildlife and unique vegetation as the main things that place Tanzania among the world’s wealthiest nations in terms of natural resources.
Volodymyr cited, in particular, the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and described the country’s reputation for peace and security as an added advantage and prerequisite for wooing tourists from Eastern Europe.
Hozza Mbura, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) marketing officer who accompanied the agents throughout their four-day tour of northern Tanzania’s Tarangire and Serengeti national parks plus the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, said the sojourn had been generally successful.
“Eastern Europe is another promising market that we hope to tap from, and that is why we hosted these agents from that part of the world,” Mbura reiterated.
The delegation of travel and tour agents, who are in the country courtesy of TTB and Winglink Travel Limited, are expected to visit the Zanzibar archipelago on a similar, fact-finding mission.
Their countries of origins include Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia,9 and Ukraine. Enditem