ZANZIBAR ASSOCIATION OF TOURISM INVESTORS | NEWS UPDATE | 26 MAY 2015

Karibu Travel Market Tanzania 2015
We look forward to seeing you at Karibu Travel Market Tanzania 2015! ZATI will be attending the Karibu Travel Market Tanzania from 29th – 31st May to represent its members as well as Zanzibar! Please visit our stand – 75C, in the Zanzibar area. For ZATI members that are unable to attend the fair, we would like to offer to take your brochures for distribution. Please ensure that brochures are carefully packed, labelled with your contact details and delivered to the ZATI office in Malindi by 2pm on Wednesday 27 May. For more, visit – http://www.kaributravelmarkettanzania.com

ZIFF & ZATI: Supporting zanzibar Tourism
The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is a major tourist attraction, bringing thousands of guests to Zanzibar for the annual event. Working with local hotels, tour operators and suppliers, ZIFF is also a stimulating force in the local tourist economy. In order to further contribute to Zanzibar tourism, ZIFF and ZATI will be working together to promote ZIFF and Zanzibar as a destination for visitors from across Africa and beyond. In a recent press release, ZATI Chairman, Omar Said Shaaban, said: “The economic and social benefits of successful festivals ripple throughout local economies, affecting tourism and non-tourism related businesses alike – as well as communities. Not only does ZIFF attract talented film-makers from around the world each year, but it also attracts over 6,000 visitors looking forward to an exciting festival – and exploring Zanzibar. ZATI fully supports ZIFF and encourages the tourism industry and the people of Zanzibar to play an active role in supporting the festival, whilst also enjoying the benefits of increased employment, generating income and promoting themselves to visitors.” For more visit – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ZIFF-ZATI-Tourism-In-Zanzibar-1-.pdf

ZATI receives funding to review tourism tax regime
ZATI has received funding to review the tourism tax regime and develop a raft of proposals for the Government aimed at improving the ease of doing business in Zanzibar. ZATI Chairman, Omar Said Shaaban, said: “Simplifying the process of paying taxes will improve the ease of doing business, encourage compliance, stimulate economic growth and boost employment. ZATI understands that taxes are vital to ensure the provision of essential services that help communities and businesses develop, but high tax rates and a complex business environment represents a major barrier to the ease of doing business and discourages investment.” For more, visit – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PR-ZATI-receives-funding-to-review-tourism-tax-regime-160415.pdf

Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Office Centre in Mumbai, India
The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with Zanzibar Tourism Commission, signed an agreement with JIHIL INTERPRISES (India) on 17 February to open a Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre – to promote Zanzibar in India. The office became operational on 1 April, with the official launch in India on 2nd April 2015. The ZCT is encouraging ZATI members to develop partnerships with their counterparts and to share promotional materials with the new office that is based in Mumbai. A FAM trip is currently being planned for next month, and those interested in hosting the travel and tourism representatives from India (including media and film makers) should contact us on info@zati.org. For more, visit – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Promo-office-Mumbai-22052015.pdf

Launch of a Commercial Court in Zanzibar
Zanzibar has established another division of the High Court which will be dealing purely with Commercial Cases. The official launch of this Court happened earlier this month, and will be followed by the first meeting of the court users committee. ZATI Chairman, Omar Said Shaaban, has been appointed to sit on this committee, under his capacity as an Advocate representing Advocates. We will be sharing further information with members about the jurisdictions of this court – and how the business community can make uses of this court.

TRA provides information on Withholding Tax Information
TRA has requested that we share information about Withholding Tax with you. Withholding Tax is the amount of tax retained by one person when making payments to another person in respect of goods supplied or services rendered by the payee. A person receiving or entitled to receive a payment from which income tax is required to be withheld is a withholdee while a person required to withhold income tax from a payment made to a withholdee is referred to as the Withholding Agent. Full details supplied by TRA are here – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/witholiding-tax.pdf

ZATI representatives update
During the ZATI AGM in February, ZATI announced that its representatives would be given clear areas of responsibility to make it easier for members to manage any issues or queries they may have – and to enable ZATI to better manage its increasing advocacy mandate. Below is the list of the ZATI representatives and their key areas of responsibility. Please contact ZATI on info@zati.org or 0772 823 234 if you have any queries or need any assistance

Name Position Responsible for/ Title
Omar S. Shaaban Chairman Legal Matters & Security
Julian Burton Vice- chairman Destination Marketing
Antonino Garau Board Member Infrastructure (Airport, Seaport & Roads)
Seif Miskry Board Member ZCT & Ministry of Tourism – Permits/ Regulations
Christian Chillicot Board Member Marine & General Environment
Gary Greig Board Member Marine & General Environment
Jacob Moywaywa Board Member Taxation
Len Horlin Board Member Skills / Taxation
Naila Jiddawi Board Member  Skills / Government Coordination
Khamis Rashid Board Member Infrastructure (Airport, Seaport & Roads)
Michael Winter Board Member Utilities – Water, Waste & Electricity
Mark Dieler Board Member Events & PR
Simai Mohammed Board of Trustee  Member PR / Government Coordination
Carl Salisbury Board of Trustee Infrastructure (Airport, Seaport & Roads)
Paolo Chiaro Board of Trustee Taxation & Tanzania Rep with other stakeholder
Abdulsamad Said Honorary Board Member Diplomatic Relations

MEMBER NEWS

World responsible tourism awards 2015
Chumbe Island Coral Park has won this year’s Responsible Tourism Award Africa – for Best for Beach Tourism – which was announced at the Africa WTM in Capetown on 16 April. “Chumbe was highly commended for water conservation in the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2013 and they won the marine environment category in 2004. This time the judges wanted to recognise them for their careful review of progress to 2006 and the development of the new Management Plan 2006-2016. The judges saw this as an example of good practice and one which others should emulate.” For more, visit – http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/africa/winners-2015.htm

MEDIA COVERAGE

Nyalandu: We’ll attract 5 million tourists in 2020
Tourism has overtaken gold to become Tanzania’s number one foreign exchange earner yet promotional budget remains minimal. What should Tanzanians expect from you in the 2015/2016 budget? Our focus is mainly on branding Tanzania. Branding is about how the world views Tanzania. It is about promoting the fact that whenever one hears about Tanzania, he/she should want to visit the country… We have just completed preparing an advert on Tanzania that will start to be aired on CNN and BBC before the end of this (2014/2015) financial year… It is a fantastic advert that has covered almost every corner of Tanzania from South to North and East to West. It covers Tanzania from the Selous to the Serengeti and from Mount Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar. The advert has been prepared by Hollywood experts. For more, visit – http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/national/We-ll-attract-5-million-tourists/-/1840392/2724232/-/item/0/-/5k649xz/-/index.html

Several airports up for facelift next year – govt
The government expects to renovate several airports in the country in the 2015/2016 financial year, minister for Works, Samuel Sitta told the National Assembly yesterday. This includes modernisation of the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to allow big passenger and commercial planes to land. For more, visit – http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=80599

Clinton graces Tanzania tourism high season
Tanzania’s high tourism season has received a major boost, thanks to the former US President Bill Clinton for ushering in the season with a vote of confidence. Despite the widespread fears of security and Ebola in Africa, Mr Clinton had the confidence to visit Tanzania and other African countries, dispelling those fears. Key players say that his trip has sent out an encouraging message to all international travellers to visit and experience the amazing attractions and the great hospitality that is synonymous with Tanzania. Overwhelmed with professional customer care every step of the way at the ‘World’s best hotel service award winner’ for 2014, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Clinton, one of the most cherished former heads of the World’s super power nation’s, at the end of his stay, remarked – “what a great experience”. For more, visit – http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=80533

Oct 25 is Election Day, NEC confirms
The General Election will take place on October 25, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) confirmed yesterday. According to a schedule announced by NEC chairman Damian Lubuva, August 21 is the deadline for the nomination of candidates and campaigns will take place from August 22 to October 24 before Tanzanians go to the polls on the following day. The schedule was released a few days after Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda told Parliament that there were no plans to postpone the elections as claimed by the opposition. For more, visit – http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/national/Oct-25-is-Election-Day–NEC-confirms/-/1840392/2729694/-/item/0/-/iyo6e2/-/index.html

ZATI MEMBERSHIP

Support ZATI advocacy for sustainable and responsible tourism | Membership from $100 | Register here – Registration
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

KARIBU TRAVEL MARKET TANZANIA | 29 – 31 MAY 2015

ZATI will be attending the Karibu Travel Market Tanzania, from 29th – 31st May 2015 to represent its members as well as the destination.

For ZATI members that are unable to attend the fair, we would like to offer to take up to 40 (maximum) of your brochures for distribution. Please ensure that brochures are carefully packed and labelled with your contact details.

Last year, many visitors inquired about the room rates so if you are able to attach your room rates to the brochure, please do so.

Kindly deliver your brochures to the ZATI office in Malindi by close of play on Monday, 25th May 2015. We are open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Please feel free to visit us at Karibu Travel Market, stand 75C, Zanzibar area.

We look forward to seeing you at Karibu Travel Market Tanzania 2015!!!

ZATI receives funding to review tourism tax regime in Zanzibar

ZATI receives funding to review tourism tax regime in Zanzibar

  •  Zanzibar ranks 155 out of 183 countries in the Doing Business in Zanzibar 2010 report.
  • ZATI receives funding for advocacy project aimed at improving the tourism tax regime and ease of doing business.

Today, the Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (ZATI) received funding from BEST-Dialogue to research the tourism tax regime and develop a raft of proposals for the Government aimed at improving the ease of doing business in Zanzibar.

ZATI Chairman, Omar Said Shaaban, said: “Simplifying the process of paying taxes will improve the ease of doing business, encourage compliance, stimulate economic growth and boost employment. ZATI understands that taxes are vital to ensure the provision of essential services that help communities and businesses develop, but high tax rates and a complex business environment represents a major barrier to the ease of doing business and discourages investment.”

The Doing Business in Zanzibar 2010report, by The World Bank and International Finance Corporation, positions Zanzibar at 155 out of 183 countries in terms of ease of doing business. Tanzania mainland is ranked 131, small island economies average at 91, while Sub-Sahara Africa averages at 139.

Doing Business in Zanzibar 2010 reports that: “In Zanzibar Town, a typical medium size company makes 48 payments, pays 40.8% of its commercial profit in taxes, and spends 158 hours per year on tax compliance – including 26 hours for corporate income taxes, 60 hours for labour taxes, and72 hours for the value added tax (VAT). The Maldives are the global leader…with the lowest tax administration burden. Maldivian companies make one single property-transfer tax payment per year, which amounts to just 9.1% of a company’s commercial profit.”

ZATI will be holding consultations with public and private sector tourism stakeholders to research and prepare a position paper to be shared with the Government. The paper will report findings and proposals aimed at encouraging improvements to the tax regime and the ease of doing business – which will in turn aim to improve compliance, stimulate economic growth and employment, andincreases the confidence of investors.

When ZATI met with the President in 2013, he said: “Tourism has outperformed all other sectors by a large margin. Over the ten year period 2000 to 2012 tourism achieved an average growth rate of 6.8% yearly. As a result, tourism has increased its share of GDP from a single digit in 2004 to just over 27% in 2012.”

ZATI believes that improvements to the tax regime and the ease of doing business, will stimulate further economic growth – leading to increased contributions to GDP and FDI, while boosting employment within the tourism sector and related industries.

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/

A WARM WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

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ZATI MEMBERSHIP

Support ZATI advocacy for sustainable and responsible tourism | Membership from $100 | Register here – Registration
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

Zanzibar Airport Authority | Aviation & Tourism Forum

ZATI exhibited at the Zanzibar Airports Authority (ZAA) Aviation and Tourism Forum event at Double Tree Hilton in Stone Town, yesterday and today.

The event created a platform for exploring new aviation-related business, opportunities with regionaland international airlines and tourism investors including tour operators.

It provided anetworking opportunity and one-on-one meetings for sector players to discuss synergies,technologies and partnerships with each other as well as key representatives from relevantentities; the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT); The Tanzania Civil Aviation; theZanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (ZIPA); and the Zanzibar Planning Commission(ZPC).

The forum also informed stakeholders of the key roles aviation and tourism play in Zanzibar’seconomic and social development and to facilitated focus on some of the critical challengescurrently facing the destination as well as detail solutions in areas such as:

• Improving accessibility to Zanzibar and Pemba
• Promoting tourism development in the region
• Providing information on Abeid Amani Karume International Airport & Pemba Airport; awareness concerning safety, security and operations
• Emphasising the investment system available in Zanzibar

The two-day forum was a direct outcome of the Tourism Lab held in 2014: an intensive consultation process which involved various stakeholders and which delved into issues,proposed solutions, priorities and synergies among sectors to create a Multi-sectoral Tourism Development Programme (MTDP).

ITB Berlin 2015

ZATI Vice Chairperson, Julian Burton, is busy promoting Zanzibar, representing ZATI and its members at the world’s largest tourism convention – ITB Berlin.
ITB Berlin provides unique opportunities to benefit from the leading think tank of the global tourism industry. All levels of the value added chain are present: Tour operators, booking engines, destinations, airlines, and hotels right through to car rental companies.
With more than 170,000 visitors, among these 113,000 trade visitors, and 11,000 represented companies from 180 countries ITB Berlin is the leading B2B-Platform of all tourism industry offers.
Travel & Tourism accounts for 258 million jobs globally. At US$6 trillion (9.1% of GDP) the sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth and at a global level. It is larger than the automotive industry at 8% GDP, and just smaller than banking at 11%.
Tourism in Zanzibar is a significant source of foreign income estimated at around $250,000,000 for 2012 and represents 40% of the annual budget of Zanzibar.
The fair runs from 4 – 8 March 2015. http://www.itb-berlin.de/en/ITBBerlin/
For those of you attending, enjoy!