The government in Dar es Salaam has yesterday launched an ambitious 5 year tourism development plan, thought to cost them a cool 5 billion Shillings over the time span. The new outlook aims at developing beach tourism, in comparison to Kenya largely underdeveloped as yet inspite of having over 1.400 kilometres of shoreline between the border to Kenya and the border to Mozambique but in general make greater use of resources and assets like national monuments, besides national parks and game reserves.
Tourism and Natural Resources minister Ezekiel Maige made the announcement in Dar es Salaam, making it clear that Tanzania is intent to add greater resort capacity along the beaches, on the islands off shore and in safari parks, to attract more tourist visitors in coming years. The minister also spoke of plans to create regional tourist boards or offices, affiliated to and to support the work done by TTB, specifically promoting tourism attractions within their own region and locations. The minister in particular also pointed to the underexploited national monuments and museums where the history of Tanzania is captured, along the coast but also inland which should be included in the tourist itineraries, telling in particular the stories of the slave trade which was prevalent along the coast and on Zanzibar with at times remarkable well preserved sites.