Casablanca, (ADV) – The government of Tanzania said Saturday it was in the process of establishing a beach management authority to improve beach tourism in the East African nation.
Hamisi Kigwangalla, minister of natural resources and tourism, said currently beach tourism was doing much better in Zanzibar than on mainland Tanzania.
“Beach tourism is not being promoted on mainland Tanzania with its abundant potential,” he told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
He said Tanzania has decided to come up with strong strategies in order to efficiently explore available opportunities in beach tourism to boost the national economy.
Tanzania hosted at least 1.2 million tourists in 2016, compared to 1.1 million in 2015, which was an increase of 12 percent.
Revenues from the tourism industry have been increasing year after year with 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 against 1.9 billion dollars in 2015.
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