Govt announces boost for Southern Tourist Circuit
Tourism activities in Southern Tanzania are set to receive funding from the World Bank and other Development Partners.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Ramo Makani in Parliament in Dodoma last week in which he said the programme dubbed REGROW, has received USD 100 million funding from the World Bank.
Ramo Makani said this when responding to Mr Hassan Kaunje (Lindi Urban-CCM), who wanted to know when the government would start implementing the ruling party’s manifesto that, among other matters, stipulates that tourism activities in the southern zone will be improved.
“The 2015/2020 CCM election manifesto touched on developing tourism activities in the southern zone through a special programme. When will the government start implementing this requirement”? he asked.
In response, the deputy minister said that the government has outlined various strategies in its 2016/2017-2020/2021 development to be put in place to ensure a number of promises contained in the party’s manifesto are implemented.
He noted that in the second Five Year Development Plan, the government seeks to open up opportunities in southern region which are vital in fuelling industrial economy. To achieve this, the deputy minister said the government is engaging private sector to invest in tourism infrastructure such as building hotels.
Makani explained that in the same period, the ministry will ensure that through Public Private Partnership (PPP), it advertises historical features which are available in Lindi and Mtwara that will in turn attract tourists.