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Meeting Of Tour Operators And Travel Agents

Tanzania hotel wants East Africa promoted as single tourist destination

Oct 22, 2009

Corridor Springs Hotel, located in Tanzania, wants East Africa (EA) to be marketed and promoted as a single tourist destination for higher returns. The hotel, which recently hosted the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in the city of Arusha, intends to sponsor a meeting of tour operators and travel agents from around EA to discuss how to boost the tourism industry in the region.

Last week, John Njoroge, the hotel's general manager said that tour firms and travel agents from thye East African Community (EAC) member states would be invited for the meeting to take place in Arusha in February next year. He said the hotel has initiated the idea, because it felt the region was not marketed jointly by the five member states - Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda - as a result of which it was not cashing much from the visitors.

He added that tourists from abroad visiting the region should be enabled to travel in all preferred destinations within EA and that bottlenecks hindering free movement of people should be removed.

"It would be to our advantage if EA becomes one tourist circuit instead of the current situation where each country operates on its own," he said, adding that he had already contacted relevant authorities on the planned conference to be hosted at his hotel.

He described the CPA conference as a boon for his hotel, which is owned by the Arusha Diocece of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) and which was opened in December last year. The multi-storied facility is located along Engira road in the low-density suburb of Arusha.

The facility, built at a cost of US$6 million, has 60 rooms, 4 restaurants, and 8 conference halls/meeting rooms with a capacity ranging from 10 people to 500 delegates.

Tanzania hotel wants East Africa promoted as single tourist destination
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