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Zanzibar Tourism Summit Resolutions & Branding Committee

The first ever Tourism Summit was a great success and a good number of members attended. The program was diverse but the central focus was on improving services, communication between government and private sector and creating a joint agreement on the way forward. The 12 resolutions link can be accessed here including information on the agreed future committee for the next 12 months. The committee will comprise of five members from the government and five members from the private sector, including ZATI. Each resolution will be discussed and action taken. The resolutions will be presented to the President.

The new Tourism Branding Committee Chairperson, the Minister of Tourism, has selected 24 members and ZATI Vicechair, Julia Bishop is the executive secretary. Other ZATI members include Javed Jafferji, Jafferji House; Nicolas Cedro, Park Hyatt and Nicolas Konig from Melia.

The Branding plans will be presented to the President

ZATI board member Nassor el Mahrouky joins the world famous Clipper race and sails around the world

ZATI board member Nassor el Maruki is raising the flag and promoting responsible tourism in the famous 'Clipper Race Around the World 2019-20'. He left Zanzibar on the 17th August to start his journey which will cover 40,000 nautical miles. This exciting journey will pass through UK, Portugal, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, China, USA, Bermuda and Northern Ireland. A press conference was held on August 14th and Nassor, who is self-funding, encouraged the art of sailing to become a tourism attraction for Zanzibar - now that there is a marina in Marahubi anything is possible. The Hon. Minister of Information, Tourism and Heritage joined the press to praise Nassor for his initiative and may join Nassor when he arrives in South Africa

Zanzibar AGM and support needed for Tourism Show

Please put in your diary - the AGM will be held at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar on October 10th and more details will be sent when the agenda has been approved by the ZATI Board. There will be a cocktail party after the AGM.

The Zanzibar tourism show is just around the corner (26th - 28th September) and they need your help to host buyers on a Bed and Breakfast basis - please contact sales@zanzibartourismshow.com.

Important Government News
The President of Zanzibar has signed a new Act which will be of interest to all members. Please see attached below.

Key content includes:

Complementary and VAT will be related to your 'normal prices'. The definition of 'normal' has yet to be defined and the ZATI board will follow up on this issue. At present 'normal' is associated with your rack rate which will cause complications.

There will be a threshold for issuing fiscal device receipts. ZATI is currently meeting with the Minister of Finance about the EFD challenges.

A particular procedure for manual receipts defined in the document.

Most important - all business entities to renew and update their registration details so that they can receive a new registration number.

If you have any comments that you would like us to share with the government please email us on info@zati.or.tz.

Solid Waste Regulations

Solid Waste Urban Municipal regulations have been enacted by the government recently in collaboration with an organisation from New Delhi, the Centre for Science and Development. ZATI staff attended the presentation and also visited the Shaurimoyo waste management site, which is organised and run as a for profit project by the local villagers.

August 14th The Guardian ran an article which can be read on this link.

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