TAWA registers 125 tourists at Kilwa Ruins

TANZANIA: The Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) has received a total of 125 tourists at the World Heritage Park of Kilwa Ruins on the island and Songo Tower.

According to TAWA, the recent visits of tourists to the various attraction sites in the country is due to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s initiative-‘The Royal Tour’ that aims at promoting the tourism sector as well as increasing the country’s GDP through tourism.

Information released on Tuesday by TAWA stated that the first 102 batch of tourists arrived on the 3rd of February 2024.

In quick analysis, the authority noted that the tourists were mainly from England, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Russia, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and the United States.

The tourists were carried by the Le Champlain ship of the Hebridean Sky Company from France bringing them to the oldest reserve in the world for tourism activities.

On this note, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBC) through its website stated that the arrival of more tourists in the country indicates a great sign of recovery after being strongly hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NBC further said that during the period of January to May 2022, tourist who visited the country were 458,048 in comparison to 317,270 recorded in the similar period in 2021 and estimated as an increase of 44.4 percent.

Confirming this, on January 16, 2024 a ship carrying a total of 2340 passengers and more than 1,100 crew members arrived in the country through the Dar es Salaam Port.

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