Picking a leaf from successful tales on Thai tourism, the Republic Tanzania is looking at the finest options that could assist in developing her tourism by joining hands with the Republic of Thailand.
Mr. Khamsi Kagasheki Tanzanian minister for Natural Resources and Tourism said that Thailand had actually take major steps on tourism, a thing that Tanzania should not only copy but also learn from.
The minister expressed hopefulness that, the memorandum of understanding which was signed between the Republic of Tanzania and Thailand on National Parks plus Wildlife Management will bring these two nations closer in the tourism sector mainly in wildlife resource tourism.
He added that Thailand receives about 22 million tourists annually, yet Tanzania had not so long ago reached a total of one million tourists which was achieved last year.
Yingluck Shinawatra the Thailand Prime Minister witnessed the eventful signing of this 5 year Memorandum of Understanding between these 2 countries and which the Thai Deputy Prime Minister, together with Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi as well as Mr. Kagasheki, signed its documents. The signing was done at Four Seasons Safari Lodge found in Serengeti National Park.
Dissimilar to Thailand which is not only blessed with nature tourism but with very spectacular beaches, Tanzania mainly depends on nature-centered tourism to draw in foreign tourists. The Wildlife is the main tourist attraction with Tanzania in comparison to other tourism products such as the Indian Ocean plus the beautiful lake beaches that are not well developed.
The Tourism industry contributes 17% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Tanzania, making it second to mining.
The Thailand Prime Minister arrived in Tanzania on Tuesday afternoon for a 3 day low-profile official tour that got very little coverage by the East African media and Tanzanian as well.
In comparison to the visit of the President of US Barack Obama that the media had as a leading story on coverage, the Thailand Prime Minister’s visit received very minimal coverage during all the activities she got involved in while in Tanzania. She then proceeded to Uganda for her tour itinerary.
A group of journalists from the Tanzania’s daily media held responsible the security officials for harassing of photographers while on duty in the Shinawatra’s entourage.