Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar is
set to refurbish the largest and tallest building in its
world heritage site stone town to woo tourists.
Issa Haji Ussi, Minister of State, President Office and
Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of Zanzibar, told
Xinhua on Sunday that the move is one of the strategies
aimed at boosting the number of tourists from the
current 400,000 to 500,000 in the next three years.
"We’re looking for funds and Oman Government has
agreed to support us in refurbishing the Palace of
Wonders building located at the stone town of Zanzibar,"
the official said, without divulging the total cost of
"Currently, the building houses the Museum of History
and Culture of Zanzibar and the Swahili Coast," the
minister said, revealing that the building is
dilapidated and needs urgent refurbishment.
He said tourism is a foreign exchange earner for
Zanzibar, "that’s why we’re coming up with a number of
strategies to make it grow and woo as more tourists as
Ussi also disclosed that Zanzibar is now eying for
tourists from as far as Russia, China, and Middle East
countries because for years it has been relying on those
western countries, European countries and the United