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New Investment Buzz at Tanzania Tourism
By Karen Hoffman

The Tanzania Tourism Investment Forum, hosted by the Honorable Zakia Hamdani Meghji, MP, Tanzania's Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, was held at the Arusha International Conference Center in 2002. The public and private sector endorsement of the forum was evidenced by the participation of a cross-section of government ministers and senior representatives, including ministries of agriculture, land , public works and utilities; Tanzania Investment Corporation and The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators. The following are examples of recent investment in the tourism sector.
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Coastal Aviation Tanzania and Coastal Travel Services

Coastal Aviation's rapidly expanding route system is "connecting the dots." Of the diverse Tanzania Tourism Product. Now travelers can more easily combine the Southern and Northern circuits explore the Spice Islands and Swahili culture of Zanzibar or snorkel and dive in the coral studded Marine National Park in Mafia Island, all on the same Safari. Coastal Aviation, developed by Dar es Salaam-based Coastal Travel Ltd., pioneered scheduled flying safaris in Tanzania. Coastal Director Nicola Colangelo, said that the company has invested USD 10.5 million in new aircraft alone. "Our flying safaris are so successful because they offer the opportunity for small parties and single persons to join an adventure which otherwise would have been an prohibitive cost." As Tanzania tourism is expanding, Coastal Aviation created new safari combinations that were never possible before. In the next two years, Coastal will invest an additional USD3 million in aircraft and USD million in camps and lodges.

Coastal Aviation's flight plans for 2OO3 feature some first-time scheduled combinations including: Arusha in the Northern Circuit with Ruaha and the Selous in the South; Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale; Rubondo Island and the Serengeti; the Selous and Mafia Island. At the World Travel Market in London this November, Coastal Aviation launched an "Agent Friendly" online booking system. Coastal Account Holding Travel Agents will be able to plan and book the entire safari itinerary, as well as confirm and issue travel documents. Other agents and clients will have access to the information but will not be able to book online. www.coastal.cc

Serena Mountain Village

Built in January 1989, and under Serena Hotels Management since October 2OOO, the facility is undergoing major renovations and expansion to keep pace with the growing number of leisure and business travelers to Arusha. Set in a prime location on a coffee plantation, lush with tropical gardens, this African Village-style lodge features 46 rooms, with banana stem thatched huts, grouped in semi circles. Each room has a private balcony offering guests magnificent panoramic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro on one side and Lake Duluti and Mt. Meru on the other. Guests can enjoy this beautiful serene ambiance, yet be only a 10-minute drive from Arusha's town center. According to Mahmud Janmohamed, General Manager, Serena Hotels Tanzania, "the owners of Mountain Village have invested USD 1.3 million to date, and this figure will likely go up to 2.4 before its two phases of construction are completed. "The first phase, to be completed in time for the Christmas 2002 season, features a new reception area, bar; dining room, state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and beautifully renovated rooms and bathrooms (12 are completed already, the remainder will be done in Phase II) The second phase will focus on attracting the corporate travel market with the addition of eight executive suites and three meeting rooms. For more information on Serena, visit

Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam

Southern Sun recently inaugurated the new world-class 152-room property in Dar-es-Salaam, he business capital of Tanzania. The only international brand hotel in the city, Holiday Inn Dar-es-Salaam provides the business traveler with international standards and amenities. The property represents South African-based Southern Sun's first major tourism investment on mainland Tanzania. According to Adam Fuller, the property's General Manager," there is no doubt the market is growing, especially from the US. Corporate travel represents 90% of our business and of that, the American market accounts for 30% of our room nights."

The Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam, only 14 km from Dar es Salaam International Airport, is situated next to the city's Botanical Gardens and within walking distance of the Central Business District and golf course. The hotel's neighbors include the diplomatic corps as well as numerous NGO's, government offices, and international corporations. The Aga Khan Hospital is also close by. The Hotel offers nonsmoking rooms, ten executive rooms, two suites and a room specially equipped for guests with physical disabilities. Accommodation on the higher floors offers stunning views across the ocean and gardens. Catering to the business traveler, in addition to a full range amenities including a min-safe, the rooms also have a comfortable work space, mobile phone charger and modem points. Additional facilities for corporate travelers include essential business and travel services, a meeting room accommodating up to 40 people with standard meeting equipment available, a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. www.sixcontinentshotels.com


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