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Zanzibar wants to work with Seychelles to help them become best Indian Ocean tourism destination

July 30, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

Zanzibar may in the near future be the best tourist destination in the Indian Ocean region should ongoing plans to boost attractions in the isles succeed.

Moving a motion for legislators to deliberate and approve a 10.4bn/- budget for the Ministry of Information, Culture, Tourism and Sports, minister Said Ali Mbarouk informed the House that “all is going on well” to achieve the objective.

He said strategies to make Zanzibar the leading tourism destination included improving services and the working environment for staff in the tourism commission, and advertising abroad.

“We have been improving the advertising section, evaluating and monitoring service delivery to guests, learning from others by taking part in international exhibitions, capacity building for local people engaged in the sector,” Mbarouk said.

The minister noted that his ministry was improving the research unit with a view to identifying areas of more attraction to tourists, and also empower local tourism committees in villages so they can conserve and promote tourism areas.

“The immediate plan is to visit the Seychelles to share experience how they are doing in advertising the island and improving tourism attraction areas. It is important, because tourism is our priority,” Mbarouk said. Tourism accounts for about 80 per cent of Zanzibar’s foreign exchange earnings and employs more than forty thousand people.

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