Tanzania, three US clubs sign deals to boost tourism, investment

TANZANIA has signed Memorandums of Understating (MOUs) with the United States’s Major League Soccer (MLS), The National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) clubs to promote the country’s tourism and investment opportunities.

The clubs involved in the lucrative deals are Major Soccer MSL side Seattle Sounders, Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and Portland Trailblazers (NBA).

Speaking immediately after signing the deals at a function held at Lumen Stadium in Seattle, USA over the weekend, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, Dr Hassan Abasi said the Government is determined to throw weight behind promotion of the tourism sector with sports and other global institutions.

Accompanied by Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB) director, Damas Mfugale, the PS said the strategy aims at increasing the number of tourists at various country’s destinations.

On his side, Hanauer said it was a pleasure to sign the deals as he urged members of the business community in the USA who have never visited Tanzania to do so since it is a “good country”.

“I once visited Tanzania. I can assure those who have never visited Tanzania that it is a good country. We had also visited [Tanzania] with [Seattle] Sounders which played against Yanga, Simba and the National Team [Taifa Stars] in the 2000s,” said the business tycoon who is also a majority shareholder at Sounders.

He said his club and other stakeholders are ready to join forces to boost Tanzania’s tourism sector.

The colourful event was hosted by Vulcan LLC, a privately held company founded by the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, in collaboration with representatives from Google, Starbucks, Seattle Mayor’s Office, Boeing and business community.

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