Dar looks to Beijing for more tourists

The China Ambassador to Tanzania Lu Youqing
Mr Lu
Tanzania and China are looking on a best modality that will woo tourists from the Asian country.

Every year China produces about 90 million overseas tourists and almost none are coming to tour the country’s natural beauty some of which are in the Africa wonder-list.

The China Ambassador to Tanzania Lu Youqing said they have already charted the way forward by pondering a number of ways with the minister for tourism and natural resources.

“We want to tap just one per cent of the total number of Chinese tourists per year to Tanzania,” Mr Lu said. “This alone will double the rate of revenue collection and tourist arrivals,” he said.

The Ambassador said should the deal materialise and managed to attract the said 1 per cent, it means per year 900,000 tourist would come from China alone. 

The amount is above the current figure of 850,000 tourists that toured the country last year and the revenue of 1.37 billion US dollars collected in the said period.

The Ambassador was optimistic that the talks between him and the ministry would bring the targeted figure. 

He was speaking during the launching of the CRDB bank’s China Desk. 

Mr Lu expressed optimism for a bright future for co-operation between Tanzania and China in the tourism industry.

More than 44 per cent of Tanzania’s land area is covered with game reserves and national parks. There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas and marine parks.
Source: The Daily News,www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Abduel Elinaza in Dar es Salaam
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