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!

Personal Message From Newly Appointed ZATI Chairman, Mr. Omar S. Shaaban

It is with great honor and humility that I accept my election as the new chairperson of Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (ZATI), which took place at the annual general meeting on Saturday 21 February this year.

I am grateful to everyone here for electing me to serve the association and the industry in this capacity, which I commit to fulfill with total commitment.

I would also like to congratulate the also newly elected vice chairperson, Julian Burton, and other newly elected board member, Mark Dieler, who are going to form part of the ZATI team.

I would to like thank my brother Abdulsamad Said Ahmed for all the hard work he has put into association and I hope that although he has bowed out, that if I do knock at his door asking for advice, that the door will be open. The very same goes for Bobby McKenna who also stepped down from his position as vice chairperson at the AGM. Thank you.

Dear Members, the future of our association is inextricably linked with sustainable and professional tourism industry in Zanzibar. ZATI must therefor take its rightful place among other organizations and ministerial department as an equal reliable partner in achieving this goal. In pursuance of this objective, as a board, we will continue to build on the work of those who came before us and we will continue to work with other PSO and MDA to ensure they can contribute in helping us to achieve our collectively defined priorities.

Dear members, for us to achieve the noble objectives of ZATI and its founding leaders, we require strong board United by unshakeable commitment to serve all our members with humility, professionalism, loyalty, greater interest of our members and patriotism. I am certain that all the board members and management team of ZATI are steadfast in their commitment to these values.

May I reiterate our conviction that only by working together, as single and indivisible association of tourism investors, under able leadership of the board, can we do more to improve the business environment.

Dear members, allow me to put to you some of my ideas or my vision for the future ZATI

1. ZATI should remain what it is, the only countrywide tourism investors association, the point of reference for investors concerns and suggestion, regarded and respected as such by tourism stakeholders and by the government.

2. ZATI should continue to be the collective bargaining partner with Ministries and other department on the major issues affecting the industry.

3. ZATI should continue to be strongly involved in tourism related policy formulation, law enactment and any government strategic decision-making process regarding taxation, security, destination marketing utilities, skill, and infrastructure to mention just few.

4. ZATI should make greater efforts to admit as many new members as possible as this will eventually mean that every investor is at the forefront of tourism private sector pushing the government for change

5. ZATI should continue to increasingly use advance ICT to serve its members better and more efficiently.

6. ZATI should continue to advocate for better security system and easing of cost of doing business in the island.

To achieve all these ideas we need to have three things

1. A lean, efficient and representative structure 2. An efficient and modern secretariat 3. Financial and human resources.

May I conclude by once again thanking you very personally for extraordinary confidence, which you have placed in me. I hope that I shall prove myself worthy of that confidence.

Thank you