Zanzibar named prime journey vacation spot in Africa

Zanzibar has been named as a prime journey place for 2023 by Tourists All over the world Magazine putting the Island on leading of 15 greatest journey locations in Africa.

According to the journal Zanzibar’s distinctive background which characteristics a mix of Arab, Swahili, Indian, and Portuguese influences positions the Island as a should pay a visit to in the New Yr.

“Take a walk around Stone Town, where by you can see historic buildings or get lost in historic pathways. You can also shell out some nights on the other side of the island at sites like Paje Seashore, which has a lot of resorts and restaurants. There are often beach front events and activities likely on as properly,” writes the magazine.

The announcement comes at a time when the tourism sector globally is recovering from the shockwaves o the Covid-19 pandemic with new quantities exhibiting that arrivals in Zanzibar were being established to strike pre-Covid times.

Analysts say that this could see the selection of arrivals maximize further more but questioned no matter whether the Archipelago was completely ready to take care of the influx.

Talking to The Citizen on the latest advancement the Long term Secretary to the Ministry of tourism and antiquities Ms Fatma Khamis stated a single of the vital problems that has held Zanzibar afloat is that the Island never went into lockdown compared to other marketplaces.

“Together with the infrastructure developments, the promotions, we have positioned ourselves as an all yr round spot. Presently as you have witnessed even what employed to be off-shoulder seasons now draw in a lot of people,” she reported.

According to her there has been an  increase of 3000 beds which can provide up to 6000 website visitors specified the selection of lodges that have opened in the earlier two several years.

She mentioned more is nonetheless to be accomplished in that region simply because out of the 215 financial commitment tasks that have been registered at the Zanzibar Financial commitment Marketing Authority (Zipa) 100 are in the hospitality sector.

“The opening of the Terminal 3 building will also assistance to cut down congestion at the airport, but we have started out education support providers on how to properly supply vacationer products and services,” she explained.

She included: Quickly we shall embark on a approach to improve motels to match the East Africa standardization.

The ministry in the initially quarter of 2023 strategies to launch a digital programme that will enable them to capture the specific studies of the range of people entering Zanzibar in true time.

On his element, the Zanzibar Tourism Traders (Zati) chairman Rahim Bhaloo the recognition that Tanzania and Zanzibar is receiving is because of to the purposeful and strategic energy becoming place in by stakeholders these kinds of as Ministry of Tourism of each sides / TTB / ZCT to sector Zanzibar as a place into new strategic marketplaces with paying out electrical power potential.

“This has in the very long operate enhanced our posture within East Africa and Africa as full,” explained Mr Bhaloo who is also the chairman of the Zanzibar Fee for Tourism.

He stated that with so a great deal dedication by the government to make improvements to the infrastructure these kinds of as roads / electric power/ drinking water source / airports/ seaports / incorporating worth to our other commodities, Zanzibar’s situation as a priority destination will bolster further more.

And just like the PS, he as well, admits there is perform to do in buy to open up up further as a region by enhancing accessibility to readers and strengthening on visa process and far more intercontinental scheduled flights arrival rather of charter flight to make Tanzania and Zanzibar as an all 12 months round tourist location.

“The investors have revealed their have confidence in and assurance in govt procedures and technique their possess support vendors to greatly enhance their amenities and expert services to meet the demanded global standards with affordability,” he extra.