DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) – Tanzania is now looking at modalities and ideas from tourist stakeholders on best options that would help to grade tourist accommodation facilities and make them match with those in other countries in the East African bloc.

Through Tanzania government’s announcement, managers from tourist focal points are meeting here in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar es Salaam next week to familiarize on the approved East Africa criteria for classification and grading of hotels, restaurants and other accommodation facilities.

Accommodation facilities managers from Tanzania’s capital city and the neighboring Coast region are the selected section of tourist stakeholders invited for discussion.

In November 2006, the East African Community (EAC)’s Council of Ministers approved the EAC classification and standardization criteria to be used in East African partner states in line with the EAC Treaty, Article 115(2), which gives a greenlight to the grading exercise of the accommodation facilities.

Showing a good trend in development of accommodation facilities, Tanzania had attracted big hotel investments to cater up with the fast growing tourism.