By Emmanuel Onyango
THE set to promote tourist attractions in Bagamoyo township after realising the drop in tourism trade in the township to 3 per cent from 12 per cent two years ago.
The government has also stopped the demolition of old ruins in the township; instead, it will maintain the structures for tourists’ attractions.
Deputy Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources Japhet Asenga said today in parliament during question and answer session.
He was responding to a question earlier raised by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) special seat legislator Mariam Salum Msabah who wanted to know plans by government to promote tourist trade in Bagamoyo town.
He said the government in collaboration with the Board of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the Board of Tourism at the ministry headquarters has set strategies to improve Bagamoyo Township, which is among the oldest towns in eastern coast of Africa.
Bagamoyo has a unique heritage by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its famous tourist sites.
He said despite having impressive tourist attractions, the government lacks money to advertise the town that used to be the gateway of slave trade in eastern coast of Africa by Arab traders in early 18th centuries.
The legislator had accounted for low business transactions at tourist hotels in the town have deteriorated an aspect that the area looks like a deserted tourist hubs along the eastern coast of Africa.