It is indeed a notable stride as African Tourism Board congratulates Honourable Dr. Damas Ndumbaro, the Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism who led the Tanzanian delegation to the UNWTO Commission for Africa meeting in Cabo Verde recently where the country secured the opportunity to host the next UNWTO Commission event.

Tanzania will be hosting the 65th edition of UNWTO Commission for Africa conference in 2022 which hopefully will take place in Dar-Ar-Sallam, the economic capital or Dodoma,the political new capital of Tanzania.

The decision to endorse Tanzania’s candidature to host the 65th session was passed on the 2nd September, 2021 at the 64th UNWTO Commission for Africa which took place in Cabo Verde with a resounding decision from delegates.

What does this hosting right portend for the country, region and the continent at large, especially during this period when tourism is gradually bouncing back?. Tanzania’s tourism sector is recovering from the harsh effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country enjoys its unique opportunities in revamping the tourism sector by driving inclusive growth in the medium and long term and promoting climate adaptation and mitigation.

Also, the convergence of 54 member Ministers of Tourism from the continent and other potential stakeholders in the industry including global investors who will be in the meeting and that will significantly boost Tanzania’s tourism potentials and its unparalleled tourist attractions.

“ATB however applauds the UNWTO on its drive to equate and bring Africa within the global framework, as we pledge our unflinching support to the global Organisation for its vision on Africa agenda. We also note and recognise the great efforts from the Secretary-General Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili’s positive sentiments that the continent of Africa must be progressive by uniting in its determination to use power of tourism by driving development and opportunities for all its continental citizens. ATB is also working closely with the Honourable Minister of Tanzania in marketing, branding and positioning the Jewel of Africa as the destination of choice for regional, continental and global tourists and travellers”, said Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman ATB.

By Kazeem Balogun

Kazeem Balogun is the Managing Editor of Kalo Africa News.

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