Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Tanzania’s archipelago of Zanzibar, on Thursday underscored the need to revamp all tourist attractions to help create more jobs and generate incomes.
Shein tasked the ministry for Information, Tourism and Heritage to enhance efforts in improving the region’s attractions so as to increase tourist arrivals.
Zanzibar is blessed with plenty of tourist attractions and if improved and promoted, they will double or triple the number of tourists, Shein said when speaking with officials from ministry of Information, Tourism and Heritage.
“My government will be there to support all the initiatives including developing key tourist infrastructure, as well as marketing our tourist attractions nationally and internationally,” he said.
Shein also encouraged investors, who are interested in tourism industry to chip in and invest in various areas to make tourists feel Zanzibar a better place to visit.
Mahmoud Kombo, Zanzibar’s Minister for Information, Tourism and Heritage, said that the ministry was implementing a number of initiatives including rehabilitating some major historical buildings built during the colonial era.
Zanzibar is famous for its spices and the slave trade, and the Stone Town of Zanzibar is named as the UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is expected to host some 450,000 international tourists this year, which will contribute to 27 percent of its GDP and 83 percent of its foreign exchange revenue. Enditem