Tanzania tourism figures rise by 12.9 last year

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A senior Tanzanian government official has said the number of foreign tourists visiting the east African nation increased by 12.9 percent in 2016.

Ramo Makani, deputy minister for natural resources and tourism, told lawmakers the surge came amid efforts to improve the country’s infrastructure, air transport and diversification of tourism products.

The number of tourists who visited Tanzania in 2016 was 1,284,279, compared to 1,137,182 of the previous year, Makani said.

“We have been taking key interventions to improve our tourism sector. We have also identified some new attractions that are included in the country’s five-year development plan,” he said.


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