Tan­za­nia is the largest coun­try in East Africa, and an im­por­tant busi­ness travel player, due to the di­ver­sity of its of­fer­ings and its at­trac­tive lo­ca­tion. The econ­omy is mostly based on agri­cul­ture. The coun­try also boasts vast amounts of nat­u­ral re­sources and dozens of beau­ti­ful na­tional parks and wildlife ar­eas, such as the renowned Serengeti and the Ngoron­goro Con­ser­va­tion Area. CITIES: The of­fi­cial cap­i­tal of Tan­za­nia is Dodoma, but Dar es Salaam re­mains the prin­ci­pal com­mer­cial city of Tan­za­nia and the de facto seat of most gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions. It is the ma­jor seaport for the coun­try and its land­locked neigh­bors.

Julius Ny­erere In­ter­na­tional Air­port is the prin­ci­pal air­port serv­ing Dar es Salaam. It is about 7 miles south­west of the city. The air­port is rel­a­tively small, pro­cess­ing only 1.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers each year.Yet de­spite its small size, the fa­cil­ity squeezes in a lot of chaos, plus an un­com­fort­able lack of air con­di­tion­ing. A new Ter­mi­nal 3 is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, and much is ex­pected of it, with a pro­jected open­ing date of end-2015. HO­TELS: There are plenty of big brands in Dar es Salaam, with such names as Best Western In­ter­na­tional, Hil­ton, Golden Tulip, Hol­i­day Inn, Hy­att Re­gency, Protea, Ser­ena and Tsogo Sun.

Credit card use is lim­ited. In short, Tan­za­nia is still a cash so­ci­ety. ATMs are mostly lo­cated in the city cen­ter and if trav­el­ers have a PIN code for their credit card, al­most all Tan­za­nian banks with ATMs will al­low cash ad­vances on credit cards like Visa, MasterCard and Amer­i­can Ex­press.

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