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ZATI ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT

Zanzibar Association of Tour Operators Forum

ZATI joined the Zanzibar Association of Tour Operators Forum on Responsible and Sustainable Tourism on April 16th at Madinat Al Bahr. The event was well attended by top government officials, representatives from the police force, tour operators, NGO's and Associations. There were presentations made by both the public and private sector on important for example safety and security; multiple taxation, uses of SDL and the road fund levy.. Resolutions were made and when shared will be available in the ZATI office, and sent to members. The ZATI Chairman and Director were directly involved in supporting this initiative. Find full report attached below by our board member Taleeb Jussab.

PPD advocacy training

Advocacy work is continuing in the office and a recent Public Private Dialogue was held at the Doubletree by Hilton, Stonetown on April 17th and 18th. ZATI hosted Dr Swabiri, an academic from the University of Dar es Salaam, to facilitate a dialogue between the associations advocating for a better tourism environment, ZATI, ZATO and ZATOGA and key Ministries. The two day workshop was very lively and created a deeper understanding of the mutual issues and differences of approach between the associations and the government. An indepth report will be send in a future newsletter - but in brief the challenges of the business environment were discussed, as were the responsibilities and perception of private and public sector. Concrete work included dissecting the new ZATI code of conduct for the future and deciding a variety of short term and long term advocacy work that could reasonably be implemented by the government. (See photos below). 

ZCT, Associations and TANAPA meeting on Saadani National Park

The Zanzibar Commission of Tourism and TANAPA organised a Stakeholder meeting for all the tourism associations, including ZATI, and active Zanzibari tour operators at BOT on April 24th. The aim of the meeting was to create dialogue to promote a relationship between Zanzibar and Saadani National Park, created in 2005. The challenges and solutions were discussed including the idea of a connecting Stonetown and Bagamoyo (close to Saadani) by boat as a cultural heritage, wildlife and beach.

ADDITIONAL NEWS AND LINKS RELEVANT TO TOURISM

Tanzania has planned to ban single use thin plastic bags by July 1st -

https://www.atta.travel/news/2019/04/tanzania-to-ban-plastic-bags-byjuly/?mc_cid=f859b4257f&mc_eid=511d0b1925

If you are interested in reading an analysis of the African Tourism Market for April 2019-

https://www.atta.travel/news/2019/04/an-analysis-of-africas-tourism-market-forapril-2019/?mc_cid=937cc576e5&mc_eid=511d0b1925

International Permaculture Day will be held at Fumba Town on May 4th 9am - 4pm - see the poster below for more details.

The next newsletter will be in June....important information will be sent when necessary in May.

 RIP Christian Moorhouse Chilcott

With deep sadness and shock, ZATI is announcing the death of a former Executive Board Member and loyal ZATI member, Christian MoorhouseChilcott.

Christian passed away in hospital last weekend after a short and unexpected illness on April 27th.

He leaves the Zanzibar tourism industry in deep mourning at the loss of a longstanding dive centre investor, who was also a safety and security activist, passionate marine environmentalist and animal rights campaigner.

Together with his wife Tammy Holter, Christian engaged tirelessly in many areas and levels of civic and public society, over the 20 years he lived and worked in Zanzibar.

One of the pioneers of Scuba diving industry in Zanzibar, Chris arrived from the UK via Malawi and Zambia. Amongst, many activities which included marketing Zanzibar as a diving destination globally, owning and managing Scuba Do Zanzibar Diving Centre on Zanzibar's Northern beach in Kendwa, Chris and Tammy also opened up the wonders of the undersea world to countless tourists, and trained many Zanzibaris to manage, teach and guide in the business of Scuba diving on our isles.

Over the years Christian, who was the chairman of the Nungwi/Kendwa security committee from its inception, helped to set up the northern police post to manage the island's north coast police Community Policing Network, assisting tourists and locals with a variety of security issues. Scuba Do were the first port of call for any divers needing to use the decompression chamber, offering a free service to non-trained commercial fishermen, and was the initial emergency call for anyone needing medical air-evacuation. Scuba Do offered their boats and staff for local ferry disasters, saving many lives in the process, and were always on hand for any safety and security emergency.

Scuba Do Zanzibar also organised annual beach cleanups, helped with any dolphin beachings, was an active whalewatch member, regularly cleared reefs of illegal fishing nets, and rescued trapped turtles. Even recently this company acted as a strong link into marine tourism for the oil and gas seismic surveys, and campaigned strongly against dangerous water- sports such as the proliferation of unlicensed and untrained snorkelling boat skippers and jetskis and illegal spearfishing. Christian had close links with the Ministries of Environment and Tourism, and the Security services in Zanzibar.
Working with both the Private and Public Sectors. Christian was a Consular Agent for the British High Commission, a council member of the President's Zanzibar National Business Council in 2018-9, and an active and trusted voice within ZATI. We will forever miss his relentless drive and enthusiasm as a force for good in the shared vision for a responsible and sustainable Zanzibar tourism industry. We will also miss his wicked humour, his great sense of fun and teasing, loyal friendship to his staff, managers, government officials, local community leaders, fellow entrepreneurs, and his professionalism.

Please join us at a future date to celebrate his life and his work. We would also like to take a moment to offer our deepest condolence for his dear wife Tammy, his family, his employees, colleagues and friends - we are in a deep shock and mourning.

We thank Christian for all that he did; it will always be remembered, and we will continue his hard work to improve the tourism industry in his honour and his memory. RIP Christian Moorhouse Chilcott. Wishing you forever calm seas, light breeze and good visibility.

Gone but never forgotten.

Christian Moorhouse-Chilcott (left) attending the President's National Business Council Forum as a Presidential Councillor nominee on November 24th, 2018

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