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February newsletter 2020

February newsletter 2020 

Greetings from the ZATI office,

I hope we have all recovered from the Sauti za Busara music festival. February was an exciting month with lots of fun and activities. 

In this edition of the newsletter the following will be included:   

  • Members News
  • Government news 
  • Office news.




ZATI will be holding members networking meetings in March to get face to face feedback from members with regards to challenges, recommendations and any other issues affecting the tourism Industry. If you intent to attend please inform us beforehand by email. The networking events will be conducted in all three regions as follows;

10th March,2020.
North Venue: The Z Hotel, Nungwi.

12th March, 2020.
South: Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Bwejuu.

17th March, 2020.
North East: Bluebay Beach Resort, Kiwengwa..

19th March,2020.
Stonetown: To be determined.

All the above events will begin at 3PM to 5PM. Your attendance and contributions will be much appreciated. Should any member wish to host a networking event kindly feel free to contact us.



As you are aware we had sent out a MailChimp requesting you to share your concerns regarding tax administration on the island. We thank those that sent us their concerns which formed the agenda for the meeting with the Commissioner and his officials. Below are the minutes and outcome of that meeting for your ease of reference.

Cancellation of ITB 2020

ITB Berlin has made an announcement on Friday evening that due to the increasing spread of the Corona virus ITB Berlin 2020 is cancelled.

Below is the official statement from the organisers;
"The ITB Berlin team deeply regrets the circumstances. The organisers understand that the participants have questions about possible consequences. Due to the timing of the cancellation we therefore ask for your understanding that all detailed questions concerning ITB Berlin and its subsidiaries must first be examined. We will inform you as soon as new information becomes available"



Kindly be informed that the National Business Council Forum will take place on Saturday the 7th of March this year. The event on the 4th will be for the councilors to present our Issues directly to the President of The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and his Cabinet. Amongst the Issues that will be presented are the challenges that ZATI members raised at our last Annual General meeting.

The main forum shall take place on 7th March, 2020 at the Ministry of Information, Tourism, Heritage & antiquties also known as the old House of Representatives in Kikwajuni, Stone Town, in Abdulwakil Hall. For those who contacted us and confirmed their attendance we look forward to seeing you there. The forum will be in Swahili and it also provides an opportunity for members to voice their concerns . This years theme is "The Blue Economy".

Government news
Update On Corona Virus

We have received several inquiries on the status of corona virus or any information on the matter with regards to Zanzibar. So far we are waiting for Official Communication from the relevant government authorities. In the mean time we advise you to take the necessary safety measures provided by the world health Organisation and other reliable institutions. Once we have official communication we will share the same with you as soon as possible.

The Electronic & Postal Communications Act- Kindly be informed that the Regulations for Sim Card Registration have finally been enacted and gazetted  in Government Notice No.112 published on 7/2/2020. The Regulations outlines the rules for Sim card registration and all matters relating to Sim cards.

Amendments Dairy & Fisheries Laws
The Union Government of Tanzania has made necessary amendments to the aforementioned laws as of 2020. These laws are applicable both in Zanzibar & Tanzania mainland. For those in involved in fishing or dairy farming as part of your social cooperate responsibility there are one or two changes that might interest you. Kindly download the laws below for your ease of reference.

Office news 

Training of  The Trainers for Apprenticeship Program

ZATI is currently conducting a "Train the Apprentice Trainer" Workshop as part of the Apprenticeship program. From 25th-27th February, 24 hotel supervisors from 10 different hotels took part in the 3 day workshop Double Tree Hilton Hotel. ILO, with funding from The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been supporting the Apprenticeship program since it's inception in Zanzibar in 2017 and the second batch of apprentices is currently in the middle of their course. The program has been a joint effort by ZATI, SUZA Institute of Tourism and the Ministry of Labour, Empowerment, Elderly, Women and Children to provide skills based training to young Zanzibaris in close collaboration with a group of 32 participating hotels.

The supervisors from the different participating hotels will receive training on how to support apprentices during their work based learning in the hotel industry. They will also be trained in how to assess the apprentices and support them with their entry into the job market.

From 3rd to 5th March , a second group of hotel supervisors are being trained at Maru Maru Hotel which also gives a chance for supervisory level staff of the participating hotels to upgrade their training skills.For more information about the apprenticeship program, please contact skills@zati.or.tz

On 14th February our Deputy Director and members took part in a workshop on Stonetown mobility conducted by KUKUA Zanzibar. Kukua is carrying out the community engagement for "safe and sustainable mobility management plan for Stone Town". In this workshop with the commerce sector people, KUKUA has been identifying the problems they are facing regarding mobility, as a part of the diagnosis of the current situation IDOM is developing (the consultant).
This program is lead by ZUSP (RGoZ) and financed by the World Bank. We will keep you posted on all the developments that materialise from this and other initiatives as part of our quarterly progress report on inititaives conducted or attened by ZATI

Lastly we would like to thank all  Members who have joined this year and remind those who have not renewed their membership to do the same so that you do not miss out on important information, opportunities and events in the Tourism Industry.

Best wishes and see you at the networking meetings.

ZATI staff