Tanzania’s Travel Industry Bounces Back with Doubling of Receipts and Tourist Arrivals in 2022

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Tanzania’ travel industry has witnessed a significant recovery in 2022, with travel receipts almost doubling to USD 2,560.7 million and tourist arrivals increasing to 1,454,920 compared to 922,692 in 2020.

Tanzania’s travel industry experienced a significant boost in 2022, with travel receipts increasing to USD 2,560.7 million compared to USD 1,310.3 million in 2021. This rise can be attributed to the increase in tourist arrivals, with Tanzania receiving 1,454,920 tourists in 2022, compared to 922,692 in 2021 and 616,491 in 2020. However, the sector’s contribution to GDP fell from 10.6% in 2019 to 5.3% in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel. The sector’s contribution to GDP climbed to 5.7% in 2021 and is forecasted by the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) to reach 19.5% in 2025/26.

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The increase in tourist arrivals can be attributed to the lifting of lockdown measures in most countries and the Tanzanian government’s continued efforts to promote tourism attractions within and outside the country. In April 2022, Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan unveiled the “The Royal Tour” documentary, promoting foreign direct investment during her official visit to the US. The documentary features journalist Peter Greenberg traveling to Tanzania with President Hassan, showcasing Tanzania’s history, culture, environment, food, music, and hidden jewels.

In terms of source markets, the United States of America recorded the highest number of arrivals in 2022 at 100,600, followed by France (100,371), Germany (67,718), the United Kingdom (60,116), and Poland (46,431). Meanwhile, arrivals from African countries included Kenya (166,324), Burundi (100,851), Zambia (46,787), Malawi (44,438), and Rwanda (44,288).

There are two specialties of Tanzania’s natural attractions: its wildlife and beaches. The country’s wildlife resources are among the finest in the world, with Tanzania being the only country that has allocated more than 25% of its total area to wildlife national parks and protected areas. Tanzania has 16 National Parks, 28 Game Reserves, 44 Game controlled areas, 1 conservation area, and 2 Marine Parks. Some of the most renowned destinations include the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks, and the Selous Game Reserve.

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Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park was voted Africa’s best safari destination for 2020, according to a survey conducted by SafariBookings.com. Other natural attractions include the white sandy beaches of the Zanzibar archipelago, those north and south of Dar es Salaam, and deep-sea fishing at the Mafia and Pemba Islands.

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Tanzania is also known for its trophy hunting, which is permitted and regulated by the Wildlife Conservation act of 2009 and its subsidiary regulations. Hunting and forestry jointly contribute 2 to 3% of the GDP of Tanzania. The Tanzanian government is committed to developing and promoting sustainable growth in the travel and tourism sector in Tanzania, aimed at preserving its natural and cultural resources and attracting high-income tourists who are less likely to spoil the culture and natural environment.


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