Tanzanian Tourism has long been a high income earner for the country and the establishment of the Tanzania Wildlife Authority is expected to increase revenues from Tanzania’s National Parks, forests and Game Reserves according to Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Khamis Kagasheki.
The Wildlife Authority is proposed to officially operate after a Bill is passed in November 2013, to allow the institution commencement.
On giving the industry, private sector and public assurance, Minister Khamis Kagasheki said “We know that this was a decision from Parliament and we acknowledge that it has taken some time, but we assure the MPs that the Bill will be presented in November, this year and the Wildlife Authority will be established soon after”.
Along with a focus on developing Tanzania’s national attractions and drawing greater revenue from these resources, the authority will assist the government in its ongoing fight against poaching in different parts of Tanzania.
Tourism in Tanzania is elaborative with more than 44% of the country’s land covered with National Parks and Game Reserves, the opportunity for investments and revenue in the tourism sector is vast.
In 2012 the country experienced its milestone of 1 million tourist visitors, earning the economy 1.7 billion USD.
With further developments such as the Tanzania Wildlife Authority and increased infrastructure, the industry is set to remain on a steady path to growth.