Zanzibar alerted over terrorism


(eTN) – The Indian Ocean tourist island of Zanzibar is keeping a watching on terrorist threats to East African tourist destinations, looking at closer cooperation with other countries to fight terrorism on the eastern coast of Africa.

Zanzibar Tourism Commission Director Mr. Abdulkhalili Mizra said the isle’s government is cooperating with other nations to fight terrorism, as this is likely to threaten tourism on the Indian Ocean coast.

Though not threatened directly by terror, Zanzibar will be keeping a watchful eye on events and situations related to terrorism in East Africa.

Tourism is currently the leading source of revenue to Zanzibar’s economy, injecting 27 percent to the isle’s gross domestic product (GDP), while generating 72 percent of the isle’s foreign currency.

Mizra said the island had seen a remarkable growth in tourism, with optimism to attract more holiday makers there. Zanzibar is famous for its beaches, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and dolphin watching.

The island has been a target for high-class tourists, competing closely with other Indian Ocean island destinations such as Seychelles, Mauritius, and Maldives. After the falling of clove prices before global markets, Zanzibar had resorted to tourism as an optional economic gain for its development.

Rich cultures and old Arabic architecture pull thousands of tourists to the island each year, bringing balanced competition with other coastal towns along the Indian Ocean.