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Arusha The Local Government Authorities in the north of Tanzania will work with state tourism authorities, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and (Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), to start promoting unexploited destinations in the northern part of the country.

According to Felix Mabula, the Hanang District Executive Director in Manyara region, which borders Arusha region, the number of tourist attractions in the northern part of the country needs to be promoted.

"Local communities will be engaged through groups to facilitate implementation and sustainability," Mabula said.

Local authorities are working on setting up strategies on how best such kinds of tourist destinations will be managed and promoted in and outside the country.

"This is a community driven project where they are empowered to conserve the environment and promote tourism, including their own culture, to generate more income and to improve their livelihood," Mabula said.

He also said that Mount Hanang at 3,417 metres, is one of the tourist spots that is yet to be exploited fully as a destination. The dormant volcano is an ideal place for mountain climbers and tourists because its peak provides a good view of the local scenery.

Mt. Hanang is the third highest in Tanzania after Mt Meru (4,566m) and Kilimanjaro (5895m). The promotion targets Mount Hanang among other tourism attraction sites in Manyara region.

The move will make the mountain as the main source of revenue of local government and the central government as it is to other tourist destinations in the country, Mabula said, adding that the promotion will involve different stakeholders.

Manyara Regional Commissioner Elaston Mbwilo said Mt Hanang is one of the tourist destinations that need to be promoted for higher economic growth. Others include Mt. Kwahara, which provides beautiful scenery of Babati Township and Lake Babati.

Besides, Hanang has some natural, cultural and man-made attractions, hot water springs Balang'da-Lalu and Balang'da-Gidaghang'd (Gendabi) salt lakes, Lake Bassotu; huge rocks some with prehistoric rock drawings.

This promotion is being spearheaded together with TANAPA and local government authorities to help diversify tourism products while also boosting income for the local communities.