Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) managing director Devotha Mdachi will go to Israel next month to discuss a deal.
“I am optimistic about this drive, we stand a chance to increase the number of tourists,” TTB chairman Thomas Mihayo told journalists here yesterday. TTB aims at increasing the number of tourists from 1.14 million to 3 million by 2018.
Last week former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak visited Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and other tourist attractions.
He promised to promote Tanzania as a tourist destination for Israelis.
The board has also arranged a three-day tour of Israeli journalists.
A delegation of 10 visitors who started a tour on Tuesday, will visit the Gombe National Park in Kigoma.
“Our aim is to promote Southern and Western circuits,” said Ms Mdachi.
However, Ms Mdachi she spoke about infrastructure challenges in promoting the circuits. “Tourists have to use air transport, which is expensive. We are having talks with the Ministry for Works, Transport and Communications to improve other forms of infrastructure to lower transport costs.”
Tanzania is also seeking to attract Chinese, Indian, Russian, Turkish, Brazilian and Arab tourists.
Tanzania generally depends on the European and US markets.
Tourism is Tanzania’s leading foreign exchange earner, generating about $2 billion annually and contributing 17 per cent of Tanzania’s annual income.
It is also estimated to create 500,000 jobs.
Meanwhile Former Israel Prime Minister, Ehud Barak has pledged to arrange another tour after being impressed by Tanzania’s unique tourist attractions.
Mr Barak has visited Tanzania amid the fifth government efforts to promote tourism by attracting various tourists from different countries.
Last week, President John Magufuli said his government is doing everything in its capacity to strengthen relationship with various countries including Israel and that it is looking forward to open an embassy office in Israel.
Israel has already opened consulate office in Dar es Salaam. While Israeli tourists are frequently visiting Tanzania, mostly for wildlife photographic safaris, there are Tanzanians flying to Israel to visit the holy cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, and other Christian historical sites.
Early this week former premier, Barak concluded his seven-day memorable tour of Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit, vowing to come back once again to enjoy the rich godsend with which the country is endowed.