Welcome to the March updates!
Topics of the month...
- ZIPA Investors Day
- Members news
- ZATI engagement with Government tourism issues
- Office news
- Additional news and links in relation to tourism
ZIPA INVESTORS DAY
I was expecting to share with the members that the cancelled ZIPA Investors day that was supposed to happen in November has now be re-scheduled to April 18th. This morning, I received the information that it will now be shifted to July. The President of Zanzibar will be the Guest of Honour on the day.
The ZATI board will be attending and if you have any issues you would like us to address please contact the director on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two themes have been proposed for the event, the final one has yet to be chosen.
1. Investors' satisfaction is our success. Together we celebrate
2. Branding Zanzibar for the future. There will be a panel discussion on "Business Environment in Zanzibar and Its Key Success, followed by discussion and resolutions. From the private sector, speakers have been proposed to be Mr. Seif Miskry (ZATI) and Mr. Toufiq Turky (ZNCC).
The Stonetown Doubletree by Hilton completed their training of 24 Forodhani night market vendors successfully. The training included food safety management; marketing tips and best practices; hygiene and grooming. The initiative created by the GM Yehia el Mansoury was endorsed by the Director of the Stonetown Conservation Authority, Issa Makarani, and Mr Mohamed Bhaloo, the CEO of the Aga Khan Cultural Services. The ZATI director and two board members were invited to participate and contribute at the beginning of each day. (See photos below). The training was seen as a success for all, adding to the hotels social corporate responsibility portfolio, and it is hoped that other hotels in Stonetown will also get involved in a similar initiative.
The Hon. Minister of Tourism, Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, called a press conference on March 26th to publicly congratulate the Chumbe Island Coral Park team on their latest award. The team received an award as one of the top 100 sustainable destinations on the planet from Green Destinations. Chumbe
came first for the African continent. This is one of many awards received by the small island, and has been very helpful in marketing their product and marketing Zanzibar internationally. If you have time to visit then you will understand why they won. (See photo and press release below).
Member Shooting Star Lodge is currently facing huge challenges after a fire burned down a large area of the hotel
ZATI ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT TOURISM ISSUES
Jet Skis - have become the most controversial watersport on the island due to a variety of reasons leading to the Department of Environment commissioning a report on the environmental and social impact of Jet Skis in Zanzibar which has yet to be officially launched. (Find attached below). Main issues include that Jet Skis are not regulated or zoned in Zanzibar currently. ZATI will be attending a meeting early in April at the Second Vice Presidents office specifically to discuss Jet Skis. The meeting is timely as a new Marine Conservation Area has been proposed around the island which will limit various activities due to zoning.
ZATI board members and the director attended two important meetings in March with the Commission of Tourism and House of Representatives. The first was to discuss the challenges faced in regard to the current tax, fee and levy system as well as the complex payment systems. The second was to discuss the challenges faced by investors in general, which were based on membership feedback and current ongoing issues. The discussion will be used as a basis for the up and coming budget session in May. If you would like more detailed information contact the ZATI office.
The Zanzibar Planning Commission under the Ministry of Finance met with the ZATI Vice Chairman and Director to discuss the challenges of reducing leakages in the tourism sector and mapping a way forward in the areas of agriculture; employment and package tours.
The office has been a hive of activity with following up of membership renewal and meeting new investors who are interested in joining.
Our new admin and accounting office Fatma attended a digital marketing workshop this month and is focussing on the ZATI audit. Maryam, our advocacy officer, will be leaving at the end of this month and we all wish her good luck in the future.
The Executive Board will be meeting in April and there will be a focus on a new strategic plan for ZATI, which will be shared once finished, it will be based on the current government interest in promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. The recent Best Dialogue funded Skills Development Levy advocacy research has been very active with multiple meetings between the consultant leading the Skills Development Levy and stakeholders in the private and public sector. The final report with recommendations on a better way to use SDL to support the tourism industry in terms of appropriate youth training, apprenticeship program and employment in our sector will be shared with the members asap. A matrix of an action plan will be shared with the Ministry of Finance and followed up on a regular basis.
The apprenticeship program is moving forward, and the new apprentices from Zanzibar and Pemba will be studying at SUZA - ITOD, in May, before becoming attached to a variety of hotels. If you are involved you should have received information - if you have not then contact Adil George on email@example.com.
We have new neighbours Association Franco Zanzibarite in the Old Dispensary, their opening ceremony involved music, dance and was graced by the Deputy Minister of Education, previous ZATI Chairman, Mr Simai Mohd, and the French Ambassador. If you have any staff that need to learn French - please contact our office for more details about the French classes that are being held.