Officiating the ceremony to launch the first tourism exhibition in Tanzania, the Tanzanian president Mr. Jakaya Kikwete has allayed fears over Ebola pandemic in Africa, saying this continent remains a safe destination for global travelers.
The Tanzanian president told a magnitude of tourist stakeholders
gathered at the opening ceremony of Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITES) Thursday that Africa remains a safe destination as governments across the continent are working hard to control the situation.
He said there has been a wrong perception about Africa among the
American media and tourists, whom took Africa as a single country.
“Africa is a continent of 54 countries. It is not a single country with provinces. It takes up to nine hours to fly between Tanzania and West Africa where the disease was firstly reported”, he said.
The outbreak of Ebola is a sequence of such a health hazard which had hit some of West and Central African countries before spreading to other countries outside West and Central African territorial borders.
The SITES event is Tanzania’s first ever International Tourism Expo, and which focuses on inbound and outbound travel to Africa and takes the format of a travel and trade exhibition with a conference element focusing on topical tourism, sustainability, conservation and other market related issues.