World Bank Offers $ 100 Million to Facilitate Tourism Growth in Southern Tanzania

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The World Bank and other Development Partners have given a special funding package totaling to 100 million US dollars to facilitate the development of tourism in Southern Tanzania, an official said.

The announcement was made by the country’s The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ramo Makani, in an address to parliament.

Five Year Development Plan, the government seeks to open up opportunities in southern region which are vital in fuelling tourism industrial economy. To achieve this, he added that state is engaging private sector to invest in tourism infrastructure such as building hotels.

Makani explained that in the same period, the ministry will ensure that through Public Private Partnership (PPP), it advertises historical features which are available in Lindi and Mtwara that will in turn attract tourists.

Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. Travel and tourism contributed 12.7 percent of Tanzania’s gross domestic product and employed 11.0 percent of the country’s labor force (1,189,300 jobs) in 2013.

Southern Tanzania still remains a hub for tourism. Experts say that parks in the area cover huge areas and offer great game-viewing in remote areas.