By Azania Post Reporter
A number of Tanzanians visiting tourism attraction in the country is likely to increase in near future following government decision to review concession fees.
Speaking in an interview, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamis Kigwangala, said the fee would be charged in Tanzanian shillings instead of dollars.
Usually the concession fees are charged by TANAPA to the lodges and tented camps located within the parks borders.
Minister Kigwangala said at the moment the concession fee is USD 100 but it would go down up to shillings 30,000 per person.
“We want to see that many Tanzania visit these tourism attraction by reducing concession fee which was a stumbling block ,” he said.
However Dr Kigwangala said the concession fee imposed on foreign tourists visiting various attractions in Tanzania will remain as it is.
Usually most lodges used to pay 10 percent of the half board rate per person which has been very reasonable for them but now it is a flat rate of USD 59 in the premium parks like Serengeti and USD 47.2 in the wilderness parks like Tarangire
However stakeholders once cautioned the government over the concession fee for foreigners saying it will reduce tourist inflow and income.
They said short introduction notice of these changes have really rubbed safari operators and lodge owners the wrong way give n the fact that safaris are sold well in advance.
The new charges, without offering any additional value from investors are likely to contribute to the falling arrivals.
The situation will make it difficult for Tanzania to achieve a 20 per cent increase in tourist arrivals by 2025 from 9 per cent at present annually“The new concession fees will hurt tourism further,” Says the executive director of Tanzania confederation of Tourism Richard Rugimbana said.