Tanzania is quite optimistic about India market and plans to increase its promotional activities in this market, stated Baraka H Luvanda, High Commissioner, Tanzania to India recently in Mumbai. Speaking on promotional exercise, he said that Tanzania had already conducted few roadshows last year in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh.
“We received quite encouraging responses from these roadshows and also planning more number of such events in this year,” Luvanda pointed out. According to him in 2017, Tanzania had received 70,000 Indian visitors.
Apart from wild life, Tanzania is also keen to promote Zanzibar as a beach destination. “Zanzibar is just like Maldives and Mauritius. If one wants to enjoy water sports activity the person must come to Zanzibar,” he said. At present, Tanzania has 17 national parks. “We are considering to keep 25% of our total land captive for wildlife,” he said.
Throwing light on target regions of India, Luvanda said that Mumbai continues to remain top of their list. However, Tanzania is also receiving a good number of tourists from Gujarat as well. “In the recent past, Gujaratis had shown tremendous interest in visiting our country. Tanzania also has many Indian vegetarian restaurants. Besides Mumbai and Gujarat, we are also receiving tourists from Kerala also,” he said.
“Air Tanzania is planning to launch a direct flight between Dar es Salaam to Mumbai soon. This will be 200 seaters capacity and will operate thrice a week,” said Luvanda. He also added that the duration of the flight will be six hours. “One can have breakfast in Mumbai and can have lunch and dinner in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar respectively,” he said.
He is optimistic that with the introduction of direct flight the number of Indian visitors to Tanzania will be doubled.