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Zanzibar Stonetown Food Festival

Today the 8 day food festival started after a spectacular launch yesterday at Madinat al Bahr, the theme was Gold and Black and all participants were suitably dressed. There were short speeches on the importance of the seaweed industry in relation to food; organic food and spices; youth employment in the tourism industry and the guest of honour was the assistant manager of Emerson on Hurumzi, Obama, who was recently recognised by the President for his achievements. The launch was also punctuated by an impressive fashion show consisting of four local designers and performance art. If you are a sponsor or would like to be - you will be invited to the exclusive Bomu Fancy Dress party on Wednesday 24th July.

Taste of Zanzibar

Pemba Tourisports Bonanza 2019

Opening on 28th July and closing on the 5th August you are all welcome to participate in this annual event. Consisting of events such as such as traditional bullfighting accompanied by a sendoff of donkey parade, double outrigger race, marathon, all Pemba traditional dance show, swimming competition and the bicycle race that makes the most of the island’s rolling hills, and the thrilling dhow race that drew a crowd of 9000+ on the final day of the festivities in the last two years’ bonanzas. This year, the organisers are delighted to also be trialing new events such as a traditional outdoor cooking party locally known as “kijungu nje” for girls at Kangagani village; donkey racing; school students talents, creativity and innovation show; the Kojani Island sailing and kayaking Festival; the Tumbe canoe race festival; the Nasheed and Duffu competition; a month-long football tournament with the final to be held at Gombani Stadium; and Pemba’s first ever opening Carnival to be held in Wete town.

Well worth travelling to Pemba to experience this bonanza now in its 3rd year - or if you have any guests travelling to Pemba please share the information with them.


The first ever Tourism Summit in Zanzibar is confirmed and the program is looking good . The summit is free to attend, but food and beverages are only provided for the presenters. If you, as a ZATI member, would like to attend, as a courtesy, please contact director@zati.or.tz so that numbers can be shared with the Summit management. The Zanzibar Tourism Show has 25 stalls remaining if you are interested in exhibiting at the Show, the first Tourism Show, last year, was very successful and we know that this year it will be even better. Karibuni nyote.

Today is the last day to apply for the Zanzibar tourism show awards by nominating yourself or another investor.

Responsible Tourism Tanzania Awards and Important statistics for Zanzibar Tourism in 2018

The Responsible Tourism Awards ceremony that will be held in Arusha in October 2019 is meant to encourage innovative actions to protect the environment integrate local people into responsible tourism chain and to transform the destination Tanzania to a responsible tourism destination. The award event provides Responsible Tourism Tanzania with opportunities to recognize and reward innovations in responsible tourism while providing information on best practices.

Awarding categories for 2019 Awards

  1. Best Tourism Business in Supporting Conservation Efforts
  2. Best Accommodation in Resource Efficiency
  3. Best in Community Engagement and Local Development support
  4. Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting and Supporting Female Employment 
  5. Best Accommodation Facility in Cultural Promotion and Preservation
  6. Best in Supporting Youth Empowerment and Future Leaders in Conservation
  7. Best and Responsible Tour Operator
  8. Best Tourism Business in Climate Action
  9. Best for Sustainable Development Goals Implementations and Reporting

Important Statistics for 2018 for those of you who need to report back to owners and who are interested in which direction Zanzibar is moving in.

ZATI achievements in the area of education and making an impact in Zanzibar in relation to supporting education of children and youth - if you want to know what has been achieved. Board member Lisenka Beetstra compiled this valuable document which has been sent to and received by the Hon.Minister of Information, Tourism and Heritage.

It seems that our neighbor the Seychelles are also having an issue with youth unemployment and are investing in apprenticeship programs.

Zati director receiving certificate of appreciation for supporting ZIFF, bottom right; top Sipho 'Hotstixs' Mabuse who wrote the song 'Beautiful Island of Zanzibar' in 1985 received a ZIFF lifetime award from the Minister of Tourism, and below left Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the musician, also received an award for her activism and support for children's education. Ms. Chaka Chaka was accommodated by our member - Zanzibar Park Hyatt - and she performed on Friday 12th July.