Welcome to the June website update which will comprise of the following topics.
Members news - Karibu Kilifair, ZIFF and Apprenticeship programme
ZATI engagement with Government - Plastics ban; Zanzibar Revenue collections; ZECO report and Fair Trade Consumer protection report
Office news - Advocacy update
Zanzibar Tourism Show and Summit 2019
News and fun stuff - Food festival, Octopus and a famous visitor in Zanzibar
The new season has started with many of our members attending the Karibu Kili fair. This year the Minister of Tourism was in attendance promoting tourism in Zanzibar. See the photos of ZATI vicechair and members.
Bring your staff and get involved with the sporting and cultural event of the year, the aim is to celebrate gender equality through women's empowerment. See attachment below and get involved, ZATI will also be sponsoring the ZIFF Dhow race will you? The Zanzi-Half Marathon in conjunction with ZIFF will involve teams from a variety of hotels and investors in tourism.
The second phase of the Apprenticeship programme has started and the apprentices began the studies section of the program in late May with their first six weeks of training at SUZA - Institute of Tourism. The students will receive a general introduction on the hotel industry at the college. We are pleased to have the support of a large number of hotels, so far 28 have confirmed and many of them are members of ZATI. The hotels host the apprentices for the practical part of their training and within the hotels, the supervisors are supported and trained to be able to guide the apprentices to follow the guidelines of this unique program. All apprentices who complete the practical training and complete their studies to a certain standard will be able to graduate with an officially recognized certificate.
In the week of 24 - 29 June 2019, two groups of hotel Human Resource professionals, supervisors and Training consultants will focus on Housekeeping and Front Office in relation to the apprenticeship programme system. We would like to thank MaruMaru Hotel and Double Tree by Hilton Stone Town for their support by hosting these two trainings in the upcoming week.
ZATI ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT
Single use Plastic ban in Tanzania
Time to celebrate and regulate plastic use in East Africa and the Indian Ocean. The Kenyan government have banned single use plastics and plastic bags Plastic straws completely banned in the Seychelles from June 1st. The Zanzibar Department of Environment banned plastic bags many, years ago - we are ahead of the times!
Zanzibar Isles Revenue Collections announced by the President
The President of Zanzibar announced in the Daily News on June 6th, that according to World Bank standards that Zanzibar has reached 'middle income' status. He
quoted that Zanzibar's gross national income has grown from 181.48 billion tsh in 2010/2011 to 668.7 billion tsh in 2017/2018 while the income per capita has increased from 942,000tsh to 2.3 million tsh in the same period of time. ZATI comment - congratulations to all members investing in tourism for being the mainstay tax payers!
OFFICE RELATED NEWS!
Best Dialogue, sponsored by the Danish Government, have supported advocacy in Zanzibar for many years and ZATI was the recipient of funds to engage consultants in producing policy brief papers to lobby the government. The exit meeting was held at our member hotel, Seacliff Resort and Spa's, conference room on June 18th. The director and Vice Chairman, Julia Bishop, attended and Julia gave an engaging speech about a selection of the projects that ZATI has tackled; for example 'Advocating for Judiciary Reforms in 2015; Tourism Sector Skills Gap in 2016; the issues of 'Multiple Taxation' demands on the tourism sector in 2017 and the 'Skills Development Levy' which pushes for appropriate use of the levy and importance of the involvement of the private sector to have their needs met. Julia also shared that the previous ZATI 'Destination Marketing' project will be used as an initial document for the new Zanzibar Branding Committee, instigated by the Minister of Tourism recently.
Zanzibar Tourism Show and Tourism Summit 2019
The Zanzibar Tourism Show 2019, 26th - 28th September is ramping up and we expect you to nominate your investment this year, which will make the competition really exciting - follow this link https://zanzibartourismawards.com/nomination/
The team from the Tourism Show have also designed, with a consultation with ZATI, a new networking opportunity to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in Zanzibar through the Zanzibar Tourism Summit, July 26th - 27th Check out their brand new website http://zanzibartourismsummit.com/
NEWS AND FUN STUFF
Food Festival in Forodhani - ….a taste of Zanzibar Farid Himid, a local cultural expert has organised another food festival where local vendors and hotels in Zanzibar share their signature dishes with each other and the general public. This event will be called "The Taste of Zanzibar" and will be held at Forodani Park in Stonetown on July 25th and 26th between 5pm and 10pm. There is a one off payment of 50,000tsh to be involved and show off your cuisine. You will need to bring a table and your own equipment etc. Organic, local dishes are preferred. You are all encouraged to participate in this local initiative - the last one was a big success.
Do you serve your guests octopus?
'Mwambao' NGO has been conducting some fascinating research about the Zanzibar and Pemba octopus industry. Read about their work in a short article on the management of the octopus industry and the reproduction habits of the 'big blue octopus' Zanzibar.