Tanzania rates hotels in northern tourism circuit

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Tanzanian government has graded 230 hotel facilities in the country’s northern tourism circuit, a senior official has announced.

Gaudence Milanzi, Tanzania’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources said the rating exercises involved hotel facilities located in northern regions of Arusha and Manyara.

Announcing the results, Milanzi said that out of those, 10 facilities scooped the five-star rating, 19 with 4-star rating, and 65 with a 3-star rating.
He added that 84 other facilities were given one and two-star ratings respectively, while 34 facilities were deemed unclassifiable.

The rated facilities, according to the official, included town hotels, vacation hotels, tented camps, lodges, and motels.

“The government is determined to cover the entire country in executing this exercise that also seeks to promote the country’s tourism,” he said.

Among the hotels that got the highest rating were the Arusha-based Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge and Mount Meru Hotel, which were both classified as five-star accommodation facilities.

According to the official, Tanzania now had 271 graded classified facilities.
Jumanne Maghembe, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism described the classification of hotels in the country as a key tool in achieving value for money.

Apart from being a marketing tool, the minister said the process of rating hotels offers hoteliers benchmark for offering exemplary services.

“As you receive your ratings today, it is imperative to revisit your contribution to the tourism and hospitality sector,” challenged the minister.

Leopold Kabendera, Tanzania’s tourism expert disclosed that at least 2,000 criteria were looked into when rating the hotel facilities.

Hotel ratings are often used to classify hotels according to their quality.

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