NEWS UPDATE | 5 DECEMBER 2014

ZATI NEWS

Zanzibar Marketing Masterplan 2015-2000 for review
Yesterday, ZATI attended a Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT) stakeholder meeting about a Marketing Master Plan for 2015-2020. ZATI urges all tourism stakeholders to review and comment on the draft. It is important that ZATI members use this opportunity to share their views and assist the ZCT in developing destination marketing strategies. View the document here – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/MPLANLAST-2015-2020.pdf. Please send your comments to info@zati.org by 10 December.

Hotels register with Zanzibar food, drugs, and cosmetics board
Zanzibar Food and Drugs Board (ZFDB) is following up on the registration of the hoteliers in Nungwi and Matemwe. ZFDB is a regulatory authority under the Ministry of Health which operates in accordance with the Zanzibar Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, No. 2 of 2006, with the key role of regulating all matters relating to quality, safety and efficacy of food, drugs, herbal drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. You can access ZFDB registration files here:
Application and Registration of Premises – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Application-for-Registration-of-premises.pdf
Application for Permit – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Application-for-permit.pdf
Food and Drugs Act – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ACT-NO.2-2006-FOOD-DRUGS-COSMETIC-1.pdf

ZATI meets with the Swiss & French Ambassadors
Recently, the ZATI board members were invited to meet with the French (24/10) and Swiss Ambassadors (31/11) to discuss ZATIs general views on a wide variety of matters including the business environment, tourism and culture, religion and socio-economic aspects. The improvements that ZATI advocates for – on behalf of its members – which include policing and security, taxation, utilities, conservation, skills and airport/seaport facilities as well as destination marketing, were also discussed.

A job well done to award wining Multi Colour Printers Ltd!
ZATI member, Multi Color Printers Ltd, was recently recognised as one of the high quality digital printers at the International Digital Solutions Cooperative Conference held in Budapest. A first for a company from East Africa! Read the news here – http://www.zati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Dscoop-2.jpg

MEDIA COVERAGE

Zanzibar Current Account Deficit Up
The increase in import of goods and services, coupled with decline in current transfer inflows has widened the Zanzibar current account deficit. The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) monthly economic review for October shows that the current account balance recorded a deficit of 24.2 million US dollars compared to a surplus of 22.0 million US dollars in the corresponding period in 2013. For more visit – http://allafrica.com/stories/201412020760.html

Free download App that aims to promote Tanzania
This is an informal launch pre-announcement of the ‘Official Destination Tanzania Zanzibar Serengeti Ngorongoro Kilimanjaro’ with support of the Tanzania Tourist Board application for the Android device. This will operate on your Android device (phone/tablet – not Blackberry.) This application is a phone app and does not work on computers. The Apple iPhone/iPad app iOS version of the app has been available since October. The app is launched and available for a Free Download here – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.sillen.tanzania. Contact Benita Cassar Torreggiani on Info@destinationtz.com for details.

Tanzania attracting international and regional airlines
Targeting the fast-growing tourism and rising business opportunities in Tanzania, international airlines are looking at best options to fly to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, and Arusha, East Africa’s tourist capital. Read more – http://www.eturbonews.com/53154/tanzania-attracting-international-and-regional-airlines

Dar es Salaam tourism welcomes more flights to and from Dubai
Dar es Salaam’s business community, but more so Tanzania’s country tourism sector, has welcomed the announcement of the addition of double daily flights between Dubai and Dar es Salaam. This will add a further 474 seats in each direction as well as added cargo capacity for exporters of fresh produce, cut flowers, and seafood to the main consumer markets in the Middle East and Europe. Read more – http://www.eturbonews.com/53153/dar-es-salaam-tourism-welcomes-more-flights-and-dubai

Use Air Seychelles’ Dar-Mahé flights for business
Air Seychelles started flying between Dar es Salaam and the Indian Ocean archipelago yesterday, a move meant to offer more options to tourists visiting the two countries. The Mahé-based air operator is deploying its 136-seater Airbus A320 between the two destinations. For more visit – http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/Business/Use-Air-Seychelles–Dar-Mah–flights-for-business–minister/-/1840414/2543098/-/m9cce8z/-/index.html

Tick Zanzibar off your bucketlist
South African holidaymakers who dream of visiting Zanzibar, Tanzania’s famous spice island, can now take advantage of fastjet’s three flights each week to the island from Johannesburg, travelling via Dar es Salaam. The flights, offered in partnership with Tanzanian local carrier Coastal Aviation, cost as little as R2170, inclusive of all government and airport taxes, putting that dream vacation firmly and affordably within reach. For more – http://world.einnews.com/article/231927971

Zanzibar Needs Its Own Police Helicopter
Zanzibar House of Representatives was informed on Friday that Tanzania’s Police Force has only two helicopters covering both the mainland and the Isles, but backbencher, Mr Saleh Nassor Juma (CUF-Wawi), wants one of the helicopters to be stationed on the Isles. – http://allafrica.com/stories/201410270566.html

Tanzanian Tourism Industry launches Travelers education portal for Ebola
A website and social media campaign launched by Tanzania tourism stakeholders www.travel2tanzania.info is set to reach tourists, and travel industry professionals in key markets. This site will provide specific steps and precautions that Tanzania is taking to remain Ebola Free. It will encourage potential travellers to visit the website to get continuous information and updates http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?p=1192

President Obama’s message on Ebola
“Here’s the bottom line. Patients can beat this disease. And we can beat this disease. But we have to stay vigilant. We have to work together at every level — federal, state and local. And we have to keep leading the global response, because the best way to stop this disease, the best way to keep… safe, is to stop it at its source — in West Africa.”– President Obama, October 25, 2014. See more at – http://www.whitehouse.gov/ebola-response

Zanzibar Pushes to Curb Unemployment
President Ali Mohamed Shein has said that in a bid to reduce unemployment, his government has been taking different initiatives to prepare the youths for jobs in Zanzibar. Speaking at the opening of the “Youth Development Carrier Fair in Zanzibar” over the weekend, Dr Shein said that he is disturbed by unemployed rate (17 per cent) of youth aged between 15 and 34 years, who are able to work but lack jobs. He said that creating employment for youth is one of the government’s priorities in speeding up social and economic development of the islands. – http://allafrica.com/stories/201411241269.html

Zanzibar Women Need Capacity Building for General Elections
Women in Zanzibar are lobbying for capacity building, a move they have described crucial in enabling them participate actively in the forthcoming general elections. The call for help was echoed by community women groups when they gathered to share ideas on challenges facing them as the 2015 general elections draws closer. The women groups’ coordinators from Shehia (wards) of ten districts of Unguja and Pemba underlined the importance of a timely training before the much awaited general elections. For more – http://allafrica.com/stories/201411060166.html

Old Age Blamed for Zanzibar Building Collapse
Police and fire department officials in Zanzibar said that old age and the poor condition of the historic building in Stone town (Jaws Corner) contributed to its collapse last Wednesday… Both the police and the fire rescue division confirmed that although the accident occurred during day time, fortunately there was no death and nobody was injured. – http://allafrica.com/stories/201411211307.html

Zanzibar Journalists May Travel With President but
The Zanzibar Ministry of Information, Tourism, Culture, and Sports, has said that journalists and media who want to travel with the president on official visits abroad should pay for the travel costs. “There has been no discrimination of journalists and media in visits by president abroad. Those who can meet the costs, can request to travel with the president abroad,” Mr Said Ali Mbarouk, Minister for Information. For more – http://allafrica.com/stories/201410300758.html

Tanesco at 50: Successes, challenges go side by side
Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) this year is marks 50 years anniversary after a long history from the colonial governments. It was established by the German colonialists in 1908, first serving railway workshops and a part of the town where the colonialists were mostly staying. http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=74516

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