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Welcome to the Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE)

1 - 4 October 2014
Mlimani City Conference Complex, Dar-es-Salaam
Admission is reserved for delegates over 16 years of age

Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE) is Tanzania’s first ever International Tourism Expo, developed by Tanzania Tourist Board. The Expo will be held annually in October at the Mlimani City Convention Centre in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital located along the coastline of Tanzania, East Africa. S!TE will focus on inbound and outbound travel to Africa and is expected to draw hundreds of tourism and travel professionals from all over the world.

The Expo will take the format of a travel and trade exhibition with a conference element focusing on topical tourism, sustainability, conservation and other market related issues. TTB has appointed a leading exhibition and events management company, Pure Grit Project and Exhibition Management Ltd. to partner with them. Pure Grit Project and Exhibition Management Ltd. has many years of experience in managing local and international trade events within various business sectors.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with the global travel trade.




Opening times:
1 October 09:00 - 18:00 Conference, Trade and Media
2 October 09:00 - 18:00 Conference, Trade and Media
3 October 09:00 – 12:00 Trade and Media
12:00 – 18:00 Trade and Public
4 October 09:00 – 17:00 Public




 

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Tanzania to have sufficient tourist hotels in 10 years

4th October 2014

BY THE GUARDIAN REPORTER
http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=72854

Tanzania is expected to have sufficient tourists’ hotels come 2025, thanks to the conducive environment that is pushing private sector hotel investments in the country, the Tanzania Tourists Board (TTB) has said.

The firms Acting Director General, Devota Mdachi was speaking on Friday this week in Dar es Salaam during the launch of ‘Best Western Plus Collosseum’ a three star hotel located along Nkrumah Street in the city.

Devota said the private sector has been in the forefront in construction of hotels in the country that has led to the tremendous growth of the sector in the recent years.

“It is our expectation that if things go well we shall have enough tourists’ hotels by 2025, this is also likely to increase the number of tourists’ arrivals, she said adding that during the period the country will improve infrastructure to receive more international airlines that will lead to increased tourists and investments”.

She said tourists visiting the country are expected to double to 2 million by 2017, from 1.9million record of last year which earned the country $1.85billion.

The increase in tourists in the country for the past two years has overtaken Kenya’s dominance and boosted the country’s ambitions to becoming a regional tourist hub.

Statistics shows that tourists’ arrivals in Kenya slid last year to 1.5 million after an all-time high of 1.8 million in 2011. In the first quarter of 2014 the number of visitors dropped 4 per cent compared to 2013. She said the board will continue to promote Dar es Salaam as a tourists’ hub that would enable visitors to stay longer in the city before their upcountry tourism attraction trips.

The city’s attraction includes the famous Mbudya, Bongoyo and Sinda islands. Others are: natural beaches along the Indian Ocean coasts, the national museum, Kariakoo market, old historical building like Forodhani which houses the court of appeal, Mwenge sculptors market and many others.

Earlier, the Director of Operations at Best Western Plus Collosseum hotel, Mustafa Dhanji, said they would recruit more Tanzanian professionals and ensure that local products are purchased to promote the country’s products.

He urged the board to increase its efforts of marketing tourism attractions in Dar es Salaam and preserve historic buildings and sites.

There have been concerns by tourism stakeholders at the governments’ trend of demolishing old historical buildings in the city of Dar es Salaam to pave way for the construction of high rise building saying the exercise denies the city’s revenues accrued from tourism.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
 

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Tanzanian camp becomes East Africa’s only nominee for the UNWTO Ulysses Awards

ISOITOK CAMP MANYARA IS ONE OF ONLY TWO UNWTO ULYSSES AWARD NOMINEES

Isoitok Camp Manyara

Africa had only two nominees for the UNWTO Ulysses Awards this year, and notably was a company from Tanzania one of them, in the Category for Innovation for Enterprises.

Every year since 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism have honored tourism initiatives that contribute to advance tourism through knowledge and innovation, in line with the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The following is the list of finalists of the 11th UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation (in alphabetical order):

1. UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance

· Domestic Tourism Promotion Initiative “Y tú, qué planes?”, Commission for the Promotion of Exports and Tourism – PromPeru (Peru)

· Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj, Mali Lošinj Tourist Board (Croatia)

· The Use of Open Innovation in Co-Creating Vienna’s Tourism Strategy 2020, Vienna Tourist Board (Austria)

2. UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Enterprises

· Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Hotel Santa Marta S.A. (Portugal)

· Isoitok Camp Manyara, The African Footprint Co ltd (Tanzania)

· Routes the Coffee Cultural Landscape, Chamber of Commerce in Armenia, Quindío (Colombia)

3. UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

· Conserving Wildlife and Empowering Communities in Namibia, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (Namibia)

· Promotion of Local Culture in the Sundarbans Impact Zone in Bangladesh through Cultural Ecotourism and Entrepreneurship, Relief International – UK (Bangladesh)

· Taste of Fethiye, The Travel Foundation (Turkey)

· Visit Amsterdam, See Holland, Amsterdam Marketing (The Netherlands)

4. UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

· Building a Community of Conscious Globetrotter Making a Positive Impact through Ethical and Responsible Tourism, Freeedom – Explore Experience Empower (Australia)

· China Tourism Economy Monitoring and Early Warning System, China Tourism Academy (China)

· Key Figures : Amsterdam as a Convention Destination, Amsterdam Marketing (The Netherlands)

· Visit Europe iPad App, European Travel Commission

The winners and runner-ups will be unveiled during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held on 28th January 2015. For the second consecutive year, the award ceremony is organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, and it is one of the several events organized by UNWTO within the framework of FITUR.

The names of the Laureates of the UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement and the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism will be unveiled on the first week of January 2015.

The UNWTO Awards Ceremony will be preceded by the UNWTO Awards Symposium on 27 January 2015. The Symposium will highlight the importance of innovation in tourism and share the knowledge and achievements of the UNWTO Awards finalists.

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, regardless if in the end this company does win or reach runner up position or not. They did East Africa and Tanzania proud. For more information about the nominee company Isoitok click on http://isoitok.com/
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Tanzania tourism up as gold income falls


Tourists at the Serengeti National Park. Tourism has become a top foreign exchange earner

Travel raked in US$1.96 billion in the year to October 2014 up from US$1.79 billion in the same period in 2013 and US$1.62 billion in 2012.

Gold, once Tanzania’s largest foreign exchange earner, sustained a fall in the value of income from its exports as the mineral faces trouble in the world market.

The value of gold exports reached above US$2.08 billion in the year ending October 2012, but the shipment decelerated to US$1.75 billion in 2013 and stood at US$1.35 billion in the year to October 2014, according to Bank of Tanzania (BoT).

The figure puts the mineral in the second largest foreign exchange recipient after travel (tourism) which has been increasing in the last few years.

Travel raked in US$1.96 billion in the year to October 2014, up from US$1.79 billion in the same period in 2013 and US$1.62 billion in 2012, BoT’s November Monthly Economic Review shows.

“Gold which has been dominant in the non-traditional export recorded a decline following a decrease in both volume and price,” says the statement. The yellow metal has been trading below the 2013’s close of above US$1,200 per ounce in the world market and the trend has affected its income in Tanzania.

The total value of Tanzania’s exports of goods and services was US$8.6 billion, being 3.3 per cent higher compared with the amount that was recorded in the corresponding period in 2013. The development was attributed to good performance in exports of manufactured goods, fish and fish products as well as increase in travel and transport receipts, BoT says.

Export of manufactured goods increased by 35.5 per cent to US$1.37 billion with a notable increase recorded in edible oil, textile apparels, plastic goods, fertilizers and paper products.

During the period, the value of traditional exports was US$768.2 million compared with US$841.7 million recorded in the year ending October 2013.
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This is so cool, Tanzania DOMINATES the list of the top 30 resorts in Africa (not including South Africa) - #1 Singita Grumeti Serengeti, Tanzania - #2 Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Serengeti, Tanzania - #3 Sanctuary Swala Camp Tarangire National Park, Tanzania - #4 Kirawira Serena Camp Serengeti, Tanzania and in #10 andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp Serengeti, Tanzania.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti, Tanzania by Safari Partners, on Flickr


http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-c...uding-south-africa-readers-choice-awards-2015


SINGITA GRUMETI

Singita Grumeti is comprised of four permanent properties and one mobile camp – Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Serengeti House and Singita Explore – all set within 350,000 acres of land adjoining Serengeti National Park. Sasakwa Lodge, the most sumptuous, comprises nine cottages suites and one villa styled as colonial manor houses, with fireplaces, antique bath tubs, a wraparound veranda, a plunge pool, and Wi-Fi. Between game drives, guests can smoke complimentary cigars at the main lodge’s bar, take tea in the garden sunroom, shoot billiards on a nineteenth-century table, and make free satellite phone calls; other diversions include an archery range and a stable of horses for gallops alongside the herds. On an open plain, Sabora has nine tents furnished with antiques from an English lord’s East African campaign in a 1920s style. Faru Faru’s eight tents sit in wooded country by the Grumeti River. A return to the very essence of safari, Singita Explore is a private camp that moves according to where the best game viewing is within the Grumeti Reserves and provides access to the most remote and beautiful locations. Singita Serengeti House, is an exclusive-use retreat designed to welcome friends and families to a relaxed home away from home. Up to eight guests can stay at Serengeti House and they can choose between the two suites in the main house or the two garden suites situated on either side.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti, Tanzania by Safari Partners, on Flickr


Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti, Tanzania by Safari Partners, on Flickr

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Located in Serengeti National Park, this Four Seasons lodge has a total of 77 room rooms, suites, and villas with modern comforts like Internet and flat screen televisions. Guests have access to spa services and pools, when they are not journeying through the wildlife of the park by going on game drives, taking photography classes, and riding in hot air balloons.
Luxury on The Savanna at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania by Doron Levy, on Flickr



Morning view of the Serengeti from the Four Seasons Lodge by Roman Boed, on Flickr

Four Seasons Lodge, Serengeti by Roman Boed, on Flickr

SANCTUARY SWALA CAMP


A hauntingly beautiful landscape of winding rivers, ancient woodlands, swamps, and open savanna, Tarangire is home to all of the Big Five except rhino and, although plagued with biting tsetse flies, is one of the best places in Africa to observe elephants and lions. Here, Swala camp—newly swank after an update and relocated amid a stand of umbrella-shaped acacia tortilis trees—has 12 large tents on wooden platforms. All have private verandas, separate dressing areas, netted beds, and both indoor and outdoor showers; Wi-Fi is available in the reception area. You’ll eat excellent modern African cuisine in the thatched open-air dining area that sits beneath a centuries-old baobab overlooking the water hole, which during the dry season attracts so many animals—including lions—that you may be tempted to skip the twice-daily game drives in the tsetse fly–vulnerable open vehicles.
Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania by Safari Partners, on Flickr

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Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania by Safari Partners, on Flickr
 

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Extreme rare White giraffe spotted at Tarangire
 
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"Zanzibar" to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016
Source: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/press-264

Set to take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions.....
Great for Tanzania Tourism. Tourism industry executives from the continent are set to assemble in Zanzibar and provide some free promotion to the island and the country.
 

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Mafia Island just got better.

Thanda Island - Opening April 2016






Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive tropical islands, a paradise for you to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends.

It has taken us ten years to discover and develop this remarkably uncommon destination as a very special, totally private getaway that we now invite you to experience. Thanda Island is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.

Situated in its own marine reserve, you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate, enjoy adventure sports and explore your pristine playground, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights.
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Tanzania continues to register a remarkable performance in tourism sector internationally. The International luxury travel network Virtuoso, recognized as an influential trend forecaster in the industry announced recently that Tanzania has emerged first in the list of hot ten countries that have recorded a largest percentage of growth in tourist bookings worldwide this year.
According to report released by the American luxury travel network Virtuoso Tanzania scores 98% followed by Portugal and Ireland which scored 88% and 58% respectively. Other countries with their percentage in brackets are: Brazil (53%), Mexico (48%), Russia (44%), Netherlands (38%), Jamaica (28%), Sweden (23%) and Poland (18%).
“Tanzania is experiencing a huge increase in bookings, as travellers seek out its incredible scenery and diversity of wildlife” says Virtuoso in their statement. The release further discloses that there are few surprises emerged when Virtuoso compared this year’s performance summer hot spots to last year’s “must see” destinations.
Commented on this, the Tanzania Tourist Board, Ag. Director of Marketing Mr. Philip Chitaunga observes that this is a great achievement we should all cherish and is a clear manifestation of the great effort Tanzania Tourist Board in collaboration with other public institutions and private sector in tourism industry exert in promoting destination Tanzania globally. “We are proud of this performance as it clearly shows the commitment that TTB and other stakeholders attach to promoting destination Tanzania and the growth of this lucrative industry” he said.
Virtuoso is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises of over 380 agency members with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in on over 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East.

Issued by:public Relations OfficeTanzania Tourist Board17th /8/2016
 
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