Tanzania: How Sh90 Billion for Tourism Revival Divided Key Players
Almost $ 39-2 million (around Sh90 billion) in government-allocated funds to mitigate the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry has radically divided key stakeholders on priority investment areas.
The funds are part of the $ 567.25 million loan approved in September by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help Tanzania respond to the pandemic by addressing health, humanitarian and economic impacts.
While the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism allocated the lion’s share of the money to repairing hard infrastructure and purchasing new soft infrastructure, private actors blamed this, saying it would not yield the benefits. expected results.
A fortnight ago, the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Damas Ndumbaro, released a statement highlighting a number of projects where money would be invested to revive the tourism industry hampered by the pandemic. of Covid-19.
Dr Ndumbaro said projects to be implemented include renovating infrastructure, installing security systems and purchasing mobile test kits to test for Covid-19 infections among tourists.
“These projects will simplify access to different tourist attractions, the deployment of new tourism products to diversify tourism activities in order to capture the emerging tourism market and subsequently revive the tourism industry,” noted Dr. Ndumbaro in a report. communicated.