SADC parliamentarians visit Ngorongoro

OVER 240 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) parliamentarians have visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), appreciating the country for deliberately investing in tourism, embedded with peace enhancement.

They made their visit after an end of the 53rd SADC Parliamentary Forum in Arusha Region over the weekend.

Speaker of the South Africa National Assembly, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa commended the government for locating enough infrastructure, including hotels and roads at NCA.

She said the presence of good roads towards and within the conserved area ensure smooth travel to view a diverse range of wild animals.

Ms Mapisa also appreciated the customer service showcased by tour guides within the park, saying it is a clear indication of the country’s hospitality.

“You are doing well, better than we do; I think we have a lot to learn how Tanzania promotes tourism,” the speaker said.

Equally, Deputy Speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, Mr Pono Moatlhod said he was satisfied with the country’s stunning landscape and peace that is treasured for years.

“Tanzania is doing the best in our region; it is a very peaceful country and progressive on development,” Mr Moatlhod said.

For his part, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) Assistant Conservation Commissioner, Mr Elibariki Bajuta, said during the SADC Conference the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism had a special pavilion to make visible tourism attractions available in the country.

He said the pavilion also displayed investment opportunities available in the areas of tourism.

He said the NCAA will keep on providing good service for all visitors, while utilising the international conference in Arusha Region to better advertise the country’s endowed abundant natural resources, including wild animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos in their respective parks, conserved areas and game reserves.

Mr Bajuta noted that SADC’s parliamentarians can act as the goodwill ambassador to their countries through a word of mouth regarding the services they received during their tour after the conference.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan launched the Royal Tour Film at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), with the aim of showcasing Tanzania’s unique beauty.

The Royal Film Tour was part of efforts to revive the tourism industry that was greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which so far has been attracting tremendous tourists from every corner of the world.

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