Tanzania could take a leaf out of Thailand’s tourism
TANZANIA (eTN) - Learning from successful stories on Thai tourism, Tanzania is looking at best options that would help to develop her tourism through joint hands with Thailand.
TANZANIA (eTN) – Learning from successful stories on Thai tourism, Tanzania is looking at best options that would help to develop her tourism through joint hands with Thailand.
Tanzanian minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Mr. Khamsi Kagasheki said Thailand had made big strides on tourism, something which Tanzania should learn and copy.
Mr. Kagasheki expressed optimism that, the signed memorandum of understanding between Thailand and Tanzania on National Parks and Wildlife Management would bring closer the two nations in areas of tourism, mostly wildlife resource tourism.
He said Thailand receives 22 million tourists every year, while Tanzania had just achieved a million tourist arrival mark by end of last year.
Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra witnessed the signing of the five- year Memorandum of Understanding between the two nations and which Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi and Mr.
Kagasheki, for Tanzania, signed its documents at Four Seasons Safari Lodge inside the Serengeti National Park.
Unlike Thailand which is rich in both nature and beach tourism, Tanzania depends mostly nature-based tourism to attract foreign tourists. Wildlife is the leading tourist attraction in Tanzania as compared to other products including the Indian Ocean and lake beaches, which are not fully developed.
Tourism contributes 17 percent of Tanzania’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), coming second after mining.
Thai Prime Minister landed in Tanzania Tuesday afternoon for a three-day, low profile official tour and which received little coverage by both Tanzanian and East African media.
Compared to the visit of the US President Barack Obama and which the media took a leading role on coverage, Thai Prime Minister received very poor coverage in all of her activities she made in Tanzania. She left for Uganda to proceed with her itinerary.
A section of journalists from Tanzania’s daily media blamed security officials for harassment of photographers on duty in Shinawatra’s entourage.