A delegation of 120 Chinese including seven celebrities yesterday arrived in Dar es salaam for a 15-day visit. The group which is expected to visit Tanzania’s thrilling tourist destinations also include the most famous Chinese actors, singers, and an Olympic champions with more than 93millon fans on social media.
Board chairman of the Tanzania Tourist Board TTB, Rtd Judge Thomas Mihayo who was accompanied by TTB managing director and other TTB staff was at the airport to welcome the Chinese delegation.
While in Tanzania they will conduct a tour at Selous Game Reserve, Lake Eyasi, Serengeti National Park and Pemba and will take video films and photos so that more Chinese and other people across the world can be aware of what Tanzanian is endowed with in the tourism sector.
Through their visit in Tanzania they will increase the number of international visitors from China and attract more visitors from other foreign countries.
While in China they will show pictures at China Anhui TV Station to help viewers see the tourist attractions existing in Tanzania.
Judge Mihayo expressed thanks to Tanzania’s ambassador to China, Mbelwa Kairuki, for his initiative to bring the Chinese delegation to Tanzania. He also applauded the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania National Park, Tanzania Wildlife Authority and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for such initiative to coordinate and organise the visit of the delegation.
According to Mihayo, they will also visit communities at Lake Eyasi and learn about their culture and traditions.It is estimated that a total of 34,472 tourists from China visited Tanzania in 2016, while in 2015, a total of 25,444 tourists from China visited Tanzania for leisure, business, holiday, meet friends and relatives.
Tourism is one of Tanzania’s fastest growing economic sectors, accounting for 17.5 per cent of the gross domestic product. Right now tourism sector directly employs close to half a million people and contributes to almost 25 per cent of total export earningsMeanwhile, Fashion Tours General Manager, Pan Lei who is the leader of Chinese delegation said they will be at Selous Game Reserve for four days, Pemba three days, Serengeti National Park for four days, and Lake Eyasi for three days.
“We have decided to visit in these areas because of wildlife resources and natural views and also Serengeti National Park is very famous in the world for wildebeest migration while Pemba is best for sand beaches.