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Tanzanian tourism authorities have requested the government to suspend the 14-day mandatory self-isolation order for foreign tourists who come to the country so as to rescue the country’s tourism industry.

Hamisi Kigwangalla, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said his ministry has also requested the government to lift a ban imposed on international flights in June to allow tourists to visit the east African nation when the high season begins.

The government imposed the 14-day mandatory self-isolation for travelers arriving in the country and prohibited international flights from flying into the country as part of measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kigwangalla revealed the ministry’s requests to the government in parliament on Thursday night when he was responding to Members of Parliament who had wanted to know plans by the government to rescue the tourism sector.

He said his ministry has organized a meeting on Monday next week to discuss ways of breathing new life into the tourism sector beginning June.

Kigwangalla said an assessment of Tanzania’s tourism industry after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the number of tourists visiting the country will drop from an estimated 1,867,000 to 437,000 annually.

Kigwangalla said the assessment also showed that the earnings from the tourism sector were expected to drop dramatically this year due to the pandemic. Enditem

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