Zanzibar to have EAC’s first seven star hotel

Having given Africa its first undersea hotel room, Zanzibar is poised to have another tourist facility that will be the first of its kind in East Africa.

A seven-star hotel is due for launch early next year. The hotel will operate under the Melia Group of Hotels headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

A senior marketing officer with the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism, Mr Jaffar Maabadi, told The Citizen on Tuesday that the hotel would be located right on the Stone Town. The hotel is currently being constructed.

He did not reveal the cost, saying it was up to the investor to do so.

Mr Maabadi, however, noted that the construction had followed regulations for protecting the Stone Town, which is one of the United Nations’ World Heritage Site.

“We aspire to attract the richest tourists and we hope they will require first-class accommodation facilities….This is just the beginning. Many more projects are in the pipeline,” he said.

Currently, the Zanzibar government is promoting its tourism attractions to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Already, a number of journalists from the UAE and GCC countries will visit Zanzibar between November 25 and 30 this year.

According to the permanent secretary in the Isles ministry of Information, Culture, Tourism and Sports, Mr Issa Mlingoti, the UAE media will also get the opportunity to explore the beauty of Zanzibar and inform prospective tourists who wish to visit the islands.

According to the report of the Bank of Tanzania, tourism receipt last year stood at $156 million (Sh250 billion).
Source: The Citizen, reported by Ludger Kasumuni from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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