(eTN) – The CEO of the Tanzania Tourist Board was quoted last week in the Tanzanian media as saying that more top-class accommodation was needed for the country if the ambitious targets set for increased tourist arrivals were to be met. Over the past years, neighboring countries have aggressively added hotels, resorts, and safari accommodation in and outside their national parks, and countries like Rwanda and Uganda – the latter ahead of the 2007 Commonwealth Summit – have brought thousands of extra rooms “online,” together with world-class meeting facilities to also tap into the profitable MICE market.
In spite of the 2008 setback, Kenya has also added accommodation along the coast and in selected upcountry areas that are now opening up for domestic and international tourism. Kenya is looking for record arrivals this year, as is Rwanda, while some of the others in the region are struggling to keep pace.
Recent information about park developments also indicate that new lodges and safari camps are planned for the sprawling Selous Game Reserve, and the Ruaha and Mikumi national parks, while others of the northern circuit parks will see new developments along the park boundaries, after TANAPA put its foot down, and restricted additional permanent safari lodges from inside the parks like the Serengeti.