"This also represents a dramatic 35% increase from the American market in one year," added the Minister.
Hon. Kagasheki noted "In addition to our famous icons in the North, such as the Great Migration in the Serengeti, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Ngorongoro Crater, we have now expanded and improved the infrastructure to accommodate more tourists in the South. Tourists can now combine the North more easily with the unexplored gems of the southern circuit such as the Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park and Mikumi National Park as well as a visit to Zanzibar. However, one of the major factors in Tanzania's tourism growth is the continued peace, security and stability of the country and its warm friendly people."
‘‘This growth in tourism to Tanzania, particularly from the American market, (64,092 visitors in 2012 from 47,766 in 2011), can also be attributed to the increased air access and expansion of the luxury product with more American hospitality brands in the country,” said Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Managing Director, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB).
In the past year, two international carriers, Turkish Airlines via Istanbul and Qatar Airways via Doha have added Kilimanjaro to their Dar es Salaam gateways providing an urgently needed increase in airlift for the northern safari circuit especially during peak season.
This is in addition to Delta/KLM service via Amsterdam to both Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro; Ethiopian Airlines with flights from Washington, DC to Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar via Addis Ababa; South African Airways via Johannesburg from both New York and Washington D.C; and Emirates Airlines with multiple US gateways, including the West Coast USA to Dar es Salaam via Dubai.
In the past year, Four Seasons has opened its first property in Tanzania, taking over the Blila Lodge in the Serengeti, and is looking to expand its presence in the country. Other North American hotel brands that have a presence in Dar es Salaam include the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Oyster Bay; Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro; and the Holiday Inn Dar Es Salaam City Centre.