Tanzania named finalist in best tourist awards

TANZANIA Tourist Board (TTB), has been named one of the three finalists in Destination Best Tourist Board Africa category awards for 2015 as it appears to be performing well at international arena.

According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism, Dr Adelhem Meru, the Annual Travvy Awards will be presented by Trav Alliance media at a Gala Awards night in New York City (NYC), January 6, 2016, where TTB will be among other winners receiving the award.

He said that the tourism sector in Tanzania is continuing to perform well at the international arena after the country’s responsible organ for marketing Tanzania as a tourist destination; Travvy Awards recognized the highest standards of excellence in the Industry.

“The Travvy Awards honours travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, travel executives, travel agents and travel destinations,” he said. Other two finalist under the category are South Africa and Namibia Tourism Boards.

Best Tourist Board Africa category for the 2015 Travvy Awards recognizes the highest standards of excellence in the industry today and honours travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, travel executives, travel agents and travel destinations. Selection of the finalists is based on votes by travel agents. The final two winners in the respective categories are determined by the award-winning Travel Alliance editorial team.

He said Tanzania is honoured to be among the finalists for Africa and this is because of the result of dedicated and pro-active work in the US market by Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), together with The Bradford Group, TTB’s USA representative.

This is due to strong support of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), as well as the Tanzania Embassy in Washington and the Tanzania Mission to the UN in New York.

Dr Meru further said that in addition to Tanzania having some of the world’s most renowned tourism icons, the Serengeti and the Great Animal Migration, it has brought status to Tanzania.

He said that apart from the Serengeti and the great animal migration, others are Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as the hidden gems of the South, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, where visitors from all over the world are attracted to visit.

Dr Adelhem noted that this is because of Tanzania’s peace and tranquillity, stability and prevailing democracy that makes it suitable place to stay for visitors. This new development comes after recent developments where Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar were named by the US Travel and Leisure Magazine to be among the annual Best Places to Travel in 2016.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania was also named among 52 places to go this year by the ‘New York Times’, the best African Destination to visit by the Fox News Channel, and the best Safari Country of Africa by Safari Bookings.

Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Park were named two of the greatest parks in the world by National Geographic Magazine, to mention just a few. Destination Tanzania has also received continuous positive coverage in tmajor travel publications and broadcast media.

Source: dailynews

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