Mr Shanzhong, the Vice-Chairman of the Chinese National Tourism Administration said that Serengeti National Park where several live coverage had been done since January this year, was now becoming famous among the Chinese people and expressed his country’s hope that the coverage would increase the number of Chinese visiting Tanzania as tourists in the near future. He said that the recent visit to Tanzania by the Chinese president has exposed the country in China and indicated that Tanzania’s uniqueness in natural attractions was a good advantage that needed to be capitalized.
In responding to the earlier request by the Tanzania delegation on training and capacity building areas in the tourism sector, Mr Shanzhong said that National Tourism Administration of China together with their counterpart in Tanzania would prepare Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that woulrd be signed in the near future and which would specify areas of cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Mr Shanzhong lobbied for the support of Tanzanian government in approving Chinese language becoming the official language in the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). An approval from more than half of the member countries is needed for a language to be approved as official language.
Tanzanian delegation led by the Director of Tourism, Mr Ibrahim Mussa, promised to support the Chinese move before the coming UNWTO General Assembly that will be held in Zambia and Zimbabwe in August this year.