Tanzania on Monday unveiled a plan to promote tourist attractions in the southern circuit, a senior official has said.
Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, described southern tourism circuit as untapped potential when it comes to tourist attractions.
“One of our commitments to make this strategy implemented is to improve the infrastructure of the area including roads, airports and accommodation facilities. We want to see key tourist destinations are packaged in better ways so that it encourages tourists to see the importance of visiting those areas,” he said.
The official added that the government recognizes the contribution of tourism to the national economic growth.
According to Maghembe, the Tanzanian government working with the World Bank (WB) were strategizing on how to improve the infrastructures leading to Ruaha, Udzungwa, Kitulo National Parks and Selous Game Reserve.
“It is indisputable fact that the Southern Circuit has a lot of unique historical sites and national parks with rare animal species in the world,” he explained, noting that improving infrastructures would play a significant role in attracting tourists in the area.
He said promoting the Southern Circuit would also go hand in hand with intensifying the war against poaching in the country.
“We are also promoting investments in hotels of three and five stars. It is my hope that we will be receiving tourists/visitors of different levels,” the minister said .
Tourism is among the Tanzania’s key sectors of the economy, contributing to 17 percent of the East African nation’s GDP.