Tourism in Tanzania on the rise

Elephants walk across a national park in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro looms in the background
Elephants walk across a national park in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro looms in the background.

Home to some of the most iconic landscapes in the world, including pristine white sand beaches and the much-revered Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania has long been partial to an influx of foreign arrivals. Indeed, Tanzania is the only country that has allocated more than 25 per cent of its total area for wildlife national parks and protected areas – making it an ideal destination for safari trips.

As such, Tanzania’s Government has recently announced that earnings from tourism in the country increased by 7.13 per cent in 2018 – fetching US$2.43 billion. The increase followed a seven-per-cent growth in 2017, compared to 2016 – highlighting that the country is seeing a continuing year-on-year rise in tourism trade.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said that, compared to tourist arrivals in 2017, which totalled 1.33 million, the numbers amassed to an incredible 1.49 million in 2018. And President John Magufuli’s Government announced that it plans to increase this number to two million visitors a year by 2020.

Tanzania business and investment website also noted that in 2017, ‘the distribution of arrivals by region indicates that Europe continued to account for the largest share … followed by Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East’. And according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), tourism accounted for 14 per cent of Tanzania’s GDP in 2014, which the WTTC predicted to increase by 6.6 per cent annually in the 10 years following.

In addition, The United Republic of Tanzania has released a report titled National Five Year Development Plan 2016/17 – 2020/21, which explains that the tourism sector share of the country’s GDP should be 18.3 per cent by 2020, with a 6.2-per-cent real growth rate.