Thursday, 30 June 2011

Board launches new tourism campaign

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Zephania Ubwani, The Citizen Bureau Chief

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has started branding the country's tourism industry to make it more competitive.The TTB managing director, Dr Alloyce Nzuki, said recently that plans were also underway to woo visitors to new tourist attractions other than wildlife sites.

He said the new branding is intended to enable foreign visitors to capture the new slogans that sell the country as Africa's prime destination.

"The new brands will be the ones that could best portray Tanzanian hospitality," he said when addressing stakeholders of a Cultural Tourism Programme (CTP) managed by the board.

Dr Nzuki said TTB started to develop the new tourism branding last year with the intention of differentiating the destination from close competitors.

"We are developing a brand that is all inclusive," he said, adding that the exercise will go concurrently with increased marketing abroad.

However, the TTB boss reiterated that Tanzania would continue to be a wildlife-based destination for foreign visitors because it was much endowed compared to many countries.

Tourism, he said, continues to be a crucial sector for the country's economy as it is currently, the leading foreign exchange earner.

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

‘Dumped’ albino widow calls for help

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

A MWANZA widow whose albino husband was murdered in 2009 and left her with eight children feels she has been “dumped” and leading a miserable life.

Mariam Mazuri, now aged 48, says ever since her husband was hacked to death by attackers who were seeking albino body parts for magic purposes, has been impelled to provide for her family single-handedly.

“I’m helpless. I badly need help to educate my children,” she said when this reporter visited her at her Kigongo Ferry village in Misungwi District on Thursday.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Monarch Hotel expands sharply

From Mwanza Guide 'online', Mwanza
By Hans Kristoffersen, editor

Mwanza is growing dramatically in recent years and the need for hotel- and conference capacity follows naturally with.

Monarch Hotel in Mwanza's quiet Kirumba Area is just about to complete an entirely new section - (photo above) about twice as large as existing from 2005.

The new department will accommodate all three conference halls, casino, bar and restaurant, fitness center for guests, indoor pool and 30 new well-appointed rooms - all of course with wireless internet, air conditioning and minibar.

Hotel manager Mr. Harrison, said that he expects a large number of conference guests as early as October this year.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Mwanza City Safaris

From Mwanza Guide 'online', Mwanza

Mwanza Guide is now introducing six different guided city safaris: E.g. MWANZA CITY CENTER HISTORY TOUR - through the periods of Germans, British, Indians and early Tanzania., or AROUND CAPRI POINT PENISULA - and possibly a Saanane Island visit., or HISTORIC HARBOR OF KAGEYE - used by Arab traders, Christian explorers and missionaries. + a few more.

Photo: Dr. Robert Koch's house in Mwanza City Centre. All photos by: Hans Kristoffersen.

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'Visit Butiama - a different safari'

From Mwanza Guide 'online, Mwanza

Visit the village of Butiama, one of Tanzania’s leading historical and  cultural destinations and the birthplace and burial location of Tanzania’s founding president, Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere.

Julius Nyerere, considered to be the ‘Father’ of Tanzania, is one of Africa’s most renowned statesmen. A son of the chief of the small Zanaki tribe, he was born in 1922 in the village of Butiama, just few miles west of Lake Victoria.

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Monday, 6 June 2011

12 arraigned today in Mwanza for witchcraft, albino killing

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

TWELVE people will on Monday stand trial in Sengerema, Geita and Misungwi in Mwanza Region on charges of killing albinos and people they suspected of being witches, Regional Police Commander, Mr Simon Sirro, has said.
Mr Sirro said the accused persons were netted in a special operation mounted almost a month ago to sniff out the culprits and bring them to book. The RPC said the suspects included a 65-year-old woman.

He could not name the accused person, but said one of them, whom he mentioned by one name only, Meremeta (60), a Geita resident, was charged with the murder of more than 18 people.

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Quality British Education in Tanzania

A Mwanza Guide 'online' advertisement

You should consider BTEC, an internationally recognised vocational course being offered by Braeburn School Arusha from September, the only school in Tanzania accredited to do so.

Meet Mrs. Alison Rogers, Head of Secondary at Tilapia Hotel: