Laetoli footprints become centre of attraction at ITB
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LAETOLI footprint on display at ITB Berlin yesterday. (Photo: Courtesy of TTB)

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THE Tanzania stand has become the centre of attraction at the ongoing ITB Berlin, the world's largest tourism trade fair after the display of Laetoli footprints which are becoming a major tourist allure.

The Laetoli footprints which were most likely made by an early human whose fossils were found in the Laetoli area in Tanzania was picked as a special promotional agenda of destination Tanzania for the tourism trade fair which began on Wednesday and is expected to end on Sunday.

Together with other legendary tourism icons of the country such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, animal migration in Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater, to mention only few, the hominin footprints and its unique history has impressed many visitors who flocked at the Tanzania pavilion and have shown a keen interest to witness the abundant tourism attractions Tanzania is endowed with.

According to the Managing Director of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Ms Devota Mdachi, the participation of TTB in this year is also meant to promote Tanzania as the origin of humankind.

“The Laetoli Footprints as it is the case for the fossil discovered in Olduvai Gorge provides convincing evidence of early human in Tanzania, and we are pleased that the displayed excavated footprints and drawings have been attracting a number of expo visitors to our stand.

This is the truth that we want people around the World to know,” noted Ms Mdachi. Tanzania has this yearregistered 61 Private and Public institutions showing up in the Tanzania pavilion under the coordination of Tanzania Tourist Board.

Institutions from private sectors include tour operators, travel agents, and hoteliers. Others from the public sector are Tanzania Tourist Board, Tanzania National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, National Museum and Zanzibar Commission for Tourism.

Team Tanzania to this event is under the Minister for Information, Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Hon. Rashid Ali Juma.

Other dignitaries include Ambassador of Tanzania in Germany H.E Philip Marmo, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Dr Aloyce Nzuki, and the Chairman of Tanzania Tourist Board, Judge (Rtd) Thomas Mihayo.

ITB which is the biggest tourism event in the world, kicked off on Wednesday at Messe Berlin and is expected to end on Sunday. According to organizers, the event has this year attracted about 187 countries from all over the world including Tanzania.

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