Tanzania’s tourism earnings grew by 8.2 % to $1,254.5 million in 2010 compared to $1,159.8 million recorded in 2009.
These earnings accrued from 782,699 international visitor arrivals to the country, the 2010 Tanzania Tourism Sector Survey has revealed.
Launching the survey report in Dar es Salaam last week, the Deputy Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Ms Nuru Millao, said the report would help tourism stakeholders to improve the sector hence increasing the revenues.
Speaking during the national assembly in Dodoma last week, Millao said the report was a useful source of information to policy makers, investors, academicians and other stakeholders in the tourism industry
The annual survey is aimed at updating information on tourist earnings for improving compilation of National Accounts (NA) and Balance of Payments (BOP) Statistics.
The information will also be used for tourism promotion and microeconomic policy formulation.
Ms Millao said the report stressed that wildlife tourism was the main activity for Tanzania tourists’ attraction and that it reflected the country’s wealth in National Parks and Game Reserves, including other activities such as beach tourism and mountain climbing.
“Many visitors come to our country under a package of tour arrangement because it is well organized and consumers are able to choose from wide options such as air tickets, accommodation, food and drinks,” she said.
She added that most visitors expressed concern at the state of infrastructure largely roads, airport facilities as well as check in procedures at Julius Nyerere International Airport and Zanzibar Airports.
“About 33.0 % of those surveyed said they would like to see improvements in infrastructure particularly the road between Namanga and Arusha, whereas 15 % of them indicated that there is a need of improving facilities at the airports,” she said.
Millao said that the source of markets for Tanzania’s tourists continued to be dominated by European and American countries like Italy, United Kingdom, USA which in aggregate accounted for 43.7 % of tourists who visited the country in 2010.
According to the Director General of Tourism Department in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Ibrahim Mussa, the survey aimed at gathering information for tourism promotion and microeconomic policy formulation.
The 2010 survey conducted mainly in areas of entry points for tourists like the airports and border crossings like Namanga, Kasumulo and Tunduma.