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).