By Edward Qorro in Arusha
STAKEHOLDERS in the tourism sector are reveling in prospects that come with Tanzania hosting the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa Meeting.
On Tuesday, Tanzania inked a deal to formally agree to play host to the high-profile gathering slated for October, in Arusha this year.
Speaking to this paper in separate interviews on Wednesday, the sector’s players heaped praise on the government for its relentless efforts in cementing Tanzania’s global status on the tourism front.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Hotel Association of Tanzania (HAT) Kennedy Edward said the decision by the UN agency goes to show that Tanzania was no longer just a tourism destination offering undoubtedly the most beautiful tourism products in Africa, but also the continent’s tourism hub.
According to Mr Edward, the high-profile meeting will serve not just as a platform for assessing the tourism sector as it is, but also considering the future of tourism.
“This means all stakeholders should have a mindset of looking at Tourism from a sustainable and futuristic perspective. Not just from a business standpoint, but from an environmental and conservation outlook,” explained the hotelier cum advocate.
He added that the meeting would give room for all stakeholders to showcase, each one at their own capacity and the beauty of Tanzania.
“Tanzania has so much to offer to the world and we are yet to exploit our potential as a country, so this meeting can be a platform to show the world what we bring to the table”.