Qatar Airways confirms new Zanzibar flights from July

Qatar Airways will launch flights to Zanzibar, the airline’s third gateway in Tanzania after Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro. From July 1st, the new five-times-a-week flight to Zanzibar will operate via Kilimanjaro.

The current Kilimanjaro flights which today are served by Qatar Airways via Dar es Salaam will be made non-stop from Doha to Kilimanjaro, with return flights from Kilimanjaro to Doha served via Zanzibar.

The new destination Zanzibar and the launch of direct flights to Kilimanjaro will add even more options for passengers when travelling to any of the more than 140 destinations served by Qatar Airways.

Similarly, passengers from the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe can now take advantage of connections to these Tanzanian cities via Doha’s hub, Hamad International Airport.

The mystic spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean will take the total number of destinations in the airline’s African network to 20 cities.

The new destination makes a perfect island holiday spot for leisure travellers with its white sandy beaches, abundant wild life, rich culture and long history.

“Today’s announcement of new services to Zanzibar reflects our commitment to connect diverse cities via our Doha hub and offer our passengers an extensive range of exciting global destinations.

“As our 20th gateway in Africa, Zanzibar will strengthen our presence as one of the biggest airlines flying to the African continent,” said Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways’ African expansion in the past weeks has included the announcement of a new destination Durban and increase in flights to Johannesburg which will launch on December 17th 2015, and also an increase in frequency to Cape Town from October 1st this year.

Qatar Airways has been operating in Tanzania ever since the airline launched flights to Dar es Salaam in 2007.

The Tanzanian operation was expanded in 2012 when the airline launched flights to Kilimanjaro. http://www.skylinktanzania.com/index.php/info/news-events/113-qatar-airways-confirms-new-zanzibar-flights-from-july

ZANZIBAR ASSOCIATION OF TOURISM INVESTORS | NEWS UPDATE | 20 MARCH 2015

ZATI NEWS

ZATI 2014 Annual General meeting

The 2014 ZATI Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 21st February 2015 at Double Tree Hilton, Stone Town. The Guest of Honour, Deputy Minister of East Africa Cooperation’s, officiated the event. Chairman (Abdulsamad Said Ahmed) & Vice Chairman (Bobby McKenna) stepped down from their positions and welcomed the newly elected Chairman (Omar Said Shaaban/Said Attorneys & associates) & Vice Chairman (Julian Burton/The Residence.) Mark Dieler, of Red Monkey Lodge, was elected as a new board member.

Abdulsamad said: “After seven years on the executive board, and four as the ZATI Chairman, I’m sadly stepping down. BUT please let me reassure you that I’m leaving you in very safe and capable hands… I wish to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve in this position and especially for your encouragement and confidence in me… As chairman I can do nothing alone. So I want to pay a tribute to the executive board who have been committed and loyal throughout what have been years of significant change. Thank all of you for the contributions that you have made to support ZATI, the industry and to protect our tourism industry. Thank you all for the support that you have given me. And thank you once again for giving me the great opportunity of leading ZATI to where it is today. Friends, I am proud to leave ZATI with the strength, a committed executive board, and the robustness of purpose to keep on fighting these battles. Please keep doing so.”

Tanzania Broadcasting Commission news coverage of the AGM is available here – http://youtu.be/RoVu814LMRU & here are the speeches, presentations:
Director, Pamela Matthews’ presentation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-DTSwS4vDQ#action=share & http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ZATI-AGM-Presentation-PM-2014-EXTERNAL.pdf
Guest of Honour – Deputy Minister of East Africa Cooperation’s – speech – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SPEECH-BY-Dr-Abudla-J.-Abdulla-1.pdf
Chairman, Abdulsamad Said Ahmed’s speech – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Chairman-leaving-speech-180215.pdf
New Chairman, Omar Said Shaaban’s speech – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Omary-Said-Shaaban-Chairmans-thank-you-letter-030315.pdf

VAT Amendment update & Shortened tax filing and payment dates

ZATI met with the PS of the Ministry of Finance, TRA & ZRB for pre-budget meetings to discuss the proposals put forward in a position paper on the VAT Amendment & also the shortening tax filing and payment dates. A further follow-up meeting is due to take place shortly to further discuss ZATIs proposals. In the meantime, it was agreed that regular forums to discuss the challenges that members face would benefit all parties.

Tanzania Revenue Authority | Reminder letter from TRA to members

Click here to see the TRA reminder letter – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Public-Notice-ENGLISH.pdf. Tanzania Revenue Authority -Zanzibar – reminds those business located in Unguja and Pemba, using the calendar year in their accounting period, to submit and pay their first installment of estimated income tax for the year 2015 as the last date is 31st March 2015. For further clarification please contact are 2231567 or 2452033 or on e-mail trazanzibar@tra.go.tz.

Tourism statistics 2014

ZATI report on tourism statistics for 2014 (data kindly provided by the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism) is available here – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2014-TOURISM-ARRIVAL-ANALYSIS.pdf

ZECO | Customer Satisfaction Survey

ZECO is inviting members to take place in their customer satisfaction survey here – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ZECO-QUESTIONNAIRE-050215.pdf. It has appointed a special committee to look into ways of improving its services to its customers. ZECO is seeking feedback on the quality of supply, billing and payment, prior warning on outages, fault response times, payment, communications and the application process for new customers. The general number for reporting faults is 0242230232. For Corporate Customers they can also contact 0777425976 Mr. Manzi.

ZCT to set up promotions office in India

The Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT) will be officially opening a tourism office in India (Mumbai) to promote Zanzibar. Members that wish to showcase their brochures should send them to ZCT head office, during office hours, marked up clearly for the attention of Mr Maabad J. Muhiddin. The Mumbai office will be opening on 2 April while the delegation to Mumbai is expected to leave on 31 March 2015. Contact Maabad on muhiddin37@hotmail.com for further details.

MEMBER NEWS

Mork Water | Common solutions for investors

Mork Water is looking to lead on an initiative where investors can work together to identify the issues, work towards solutions and prepare a position paper that addresses water challenges in Zanzibar. Meetings would include discussions around:
Water related problems hotels are facing (no/unreliable piped water, salty wells, hardness and salinity of water)
Ecological and sustainability aspects (intrusion of salt water in coastal areas, limited sweet water resources, waste water treatment,…)
Possibilities for hotels to work together in facing common problems
Approaches by “eco driven hotels”
Reviewing regulations, suggestions for incentive programs, etc.
Mork Water Solutions is an experienced expert in water and energy supply. It has its core competence in system development and engineering for new hotel constructions as well as consulting, optimizing and upgrading of existing systems. This covers water supply, filtration, desalination, contribution and waste water treatment as well as sustainable electricity supply with hybrid systems, such as photovoltaic-battery-diesel generator combinations.
Please contact Micha Leng at Mork Water on m.leng@moerkwater.com to participate. For more about Mork Water please visit http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2014-12-16-MWS_Info_Flyer_3_pages.pdf

20% member discount on Mork Water solutions
Mork Water is offering ZATI members 20% discount on project development services, which includes the system design or optimisation of existing water and energy projects. For more about Mork Water please visit http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2014-12-16-MWS_Info_Flyer_3_pages.pdf

35% member discount on hospitality security solutions

ZATI member and hospitality security specialist, Ask Barzangy Security, is offering fellow members 35% discount on standard prices for new clients for a limited period only. Ask Barzangy Security is a joint venture company with Ask International, which is based in Dubai. Ask Barzangy’s aim is to enhance the local economy and only selects, trains, and employs the people of Zanzibar in order to fulfil the security requirements of Zanzibar private sector. Ask Barzangy is working alongside a UK security academy and is establishing its own security academy in Zanzibar in January. You can view their company profile at http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ASKBarzangy-Profile.pdf or contact Harou on 0773064045, Shakila on 071700014, or e-mail eddiebarzangy@gmail.com for more information.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Tanzania hits Kenya where it hurts

Kenya Airways stands to lose big time after the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to cut the frequency of its flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro by over 60 per cent. In what appears to be payback after Kenya banned Tanzanian vehicles from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the move comes in the wake of a deadlock on the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (Basa) between the two countries. Flights from Kenya to Tanzania are now down to 14 a week from 42, a 67 per cent reduction. The move took effect on Tuesday. – http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/national/-/1840392/2658470/-/item/0/-/15ah6a5z/-/index.html

Shock as KQ flight ban begins to bite – ZATI Chairman and ex-Chairman take part in interview highlighting the negative impact a reduction in KQ flight this will have on visitor numbers to Zanzibar.
The effects of the drastic reduction of Kenya Airways (KQ) flights into the country have begun to bite, with the business community in particular questioning the timing and expected outcome of the move. As Transport Minister Samuel Sitta told The Citizen yesterday in Dodoma that the reduction of the flights from 42 to 14 every week was a legal matter, critics argued that the government did not consider the economic consequences of the action…the Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (Zati) chairman, Mr Omar Shaaban… “The aviation industry does not stand alone. It involves many sectors like tourism, the hotel business, horticulture and other related activities, and this decision is affecting all these. The government should have involved us…” Former Zati Chairman Abdul Samad Said lamented that the KQ ban would spell doom for Zanzibar’s economy. “This is a decision that will add to the Union problems because our mainland colleagues did not care to organise how tourists coming to Zanzibar would be catered for now,” he said, noting that the Kenyan airline brought in more than 80 per cent of visitors to Zanzibar. – http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/national/Shock-as-KQ-flight-ban-begins-to-bite-/-/1840392/2659950/-/12729lqz/-/index.html

Zanzibar Aviation, Tourism Networking Encouraged

Zanzibar has chances of attracting more tourists and investors should there be tangible improvements, including in the aviation and tourism networking. – http://allafrica.com/stories/201503180831.html

Tanzania bans dollar payments

The government last week declared illegal the growing trend of pricing goods and services such as real estate for Tanzanians in US dollars…Recently, Tanzanian law makers told the House that the use of foreign currencies in the economy was a threat to the shilling calling the government to table a bill on foreign currency use. In June, last year the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economy, Industry and Trade strongly criticized the use of the dollars in local transactions calling the government to revoke the 2008 decree and strictly enforce the Foreign Exchange Act, 1992.- http://www.african-markets.com/en/news/east-africa/tanzania/tanzania-bans-dollar-payments

Z’bar electoral body sets October 25 as polling day

Zanzibar. The Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) yesterday announced October 25 as the date for the Isles’ General Election. ZEC’s director of elections Salum Ali Salum told reporters yesterday at a press conference that preparations for the elections, including updating the voter register, are in progress. ZEC estimates that the exercise will cost Sh7.1 billion. – http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/national/Z-bar-electoral-body-/-/1840392/2643258/-/13t9u71/-/index.html

Let’s extend Tanzania’s hospitality to tourists

Tourism, as we all know, is among sectors which earn vital foreign currency for Tanzania. Figures show that in 2013 a total of 1,135,884 tourists visited the country, bringing earnings from the Tanzania tourism sector to an all-time high of USD 1.8 billion. The country is endowed with many tourist attractions that include wild animals which are not found in any part of the world. It also has the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro which is 5,895 metres high. – http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=78252

Exposed: The brutal world of Tanzania’s illegal ivory poaching industry
Barefoot and handcuffed, five men climbed from the Toyota pickup that brought them from deep in the African bush to the anonymous city-centre compound that houses Tanzania’s elite and secretive Anti-Poaching Task Force. – http://www.itv.com/news/2015-03-04/exposed-brutal-world-of-tanzanias-illegal-ivory-poaching-industry/

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ZATI works primarily to support its member’s interest and thereby protect the largest and fastest growing private sector industry – and one of the largest contributors to the economy and employment in Zanzibar. This is achieved via the involvement of members, sponsors and Government. The improvements that ZATI advocate for on behalf of its members, include policing and security, taxation, utilities, conservation, skills, airport/seaport facilities, destination marketing, which are all essential to a sustainable tourism industry. ZATI works alongside public and private partners to help develop responsible and sustainable tourism. You can apply to join ZATI here – Registration. Find out more about ZATI at http://www.zati.org and Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zanzibar-Association-of-Tourism-Investors/216994315120139?ref=br_tf