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Tanzania Hands Out Tourism Accolades

Arusha — The 2015 Tourism for the Future Awards which was held in Arusha recently left me with much excitement and grandeur writes ELISHA MAYALLAH.

The day-long event was packed with different presentations from well-selected tourism stakeholders who shared their knowledge, showcased, acknowledged and later rewarded the best practices in sustainable tourism across Africa.

The message in most of the presentations recognized the quality and abundance of Africa’s resource endowment for tourism, which is exceptional and caters for the environment and community development.

This is because the travel sector has a direct link in the tourism industry in which services and products are integrated to achieve a destination experience.

Traveler’s Eye Tanzania was the main organizer of the event. It was founded to positively contribute to the development and socio-environmental impact of the tourism industry across Africa.

The focus is on pro-sustainable tourism projects, taking part in sustainable development of Africa as a leading tourist destination region through advocating for environmental conservation and socio-cultural authenticity.

Having already been recognized internationally, Traveler’s Eye Tanzania was officially endorsed by the Tanzanian Ministry of natural resources and tourism on the 10th September 2014 to be the national sustainable tourism driver for Tanzania.

The awards, according to Vanessa Baldwin, one of organizing partner, recognized community based organization (CBOs) that provide socio-economic benefits to the host communities which are meant to secure a sustainable future for the Tourism industry in Africa and to ensure that tourism is a driver of the economy.

The award event is a product of Africa’s first Pan-African Sustainable tourism campaign “Uniting to Conserve Africa’s Legacy”.

It hosted representatives from across Africa and the world featuring the International tourism trade and conservation communities.

Other invitees were from the African economic bodies, environmental activists, regional and International development agencies, awards application finalists and the African tourism community.

Emerging top in a competitive categories from Tanzania were Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme, African Wildlife Trust and Zara Tanzania Adventures, all from the tourism wonderlands of the north of the country.

The Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme, based near Arusha, emerged top in the culture and heritage category while Zara Tanzania Adventure won the sustainable business award. The Arusha based African Wildlife Trust won the environment conservation award.

Gladness Obed Pallangyo could not hide her joy when Travellers across Africa voted Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme to the Culture and Heritage Preservation Award.

“This win means a whole lot for us, we appreciate it as it gives us further exposure,” Gladness Pallangyo said, after receiving the award from the Tanzanian minister of natural resources and tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu.

Six winners were announced at the event of the Tourism for The Future Awards Africa, which partnered with several sponsors to recognize the best in the tourism industry, across six categories.

The awards, according to Vanessa Baldwin, one of organizing partner, recognized community based organization (CBOs) that provide socio-economic benefits to the host communities which are meant to secure a sustainable future for the Tourism industry in Africa and to ensure that tourism is a driver of the economy.

Source: allafrica


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