DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania said Saturday it was
in the process of establishing a beach management authority to
improve beach tourism in the East African nation.
minister of natural resources and tourism, said currently beach
tourism was doing much better in Zanzibar than on mainland
“Beach tourism is
not being promoted on mainland Tanzania with its abundant
potential,” he told a news conference in the commercial capital
Dar es Salaam.
He said Tanzania has
decided to come up with strong strategies in order to
efficiently explore available opportunities in beach tourism to
boost the national economy.
Kigwangalla said the
beach management authority will manage and improve all beaches
to attract more tourists and investors.
A report released in
June 2017 rated Tanzania’s tourism industry as one of the
fastest growing sectors in the country with figures showing a
surge on tourist arrivals.
International Visitors’ Exit Survey Report indicated that the
number of tourists who visited the country continued to rise.
The report was
jointly compiled by the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism, the Bank of Tanzania, the National Bureau of
Statistics, the Immigration Department and the Zanzibar
Commission for Tourism.
The report showed
that Tanzania hosted at least 1.2 million tourists in 2016,
compared to 1.1 million in 2015, which was an increase of 12
The report showed
revenues from the tourism industry have been increasing year
after year with 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 against 1.9
billion dollars in 2015.
Tourism has been
Tanzania’s largest foreign exchange earner since 2012,
contributing an average of 2 billion dollars annually, which is
equivalent to 25 percent of all exchange earnings, according to