Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Mwanza needs a world-class airport, govt told

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Ray Naluyaga

Tourism stakeholders in Mwanza, Mara, Kagera, Dar es Salaam and Arusha regions want the government to upgrade the Mwanza Airport to an international status in a bid to boost the sector.

Meeting in Mwanza at the weekend, more than 30 stakeholders in the sector agreed that efforts to boost tourism in the country’s most populous region would be futile without an international airport in place. Mr Junaid Kadri of Tourism Development Initiative based in Mwanza said the government’s target to attract one million tourists a year can easily be surpassed if Mwanza would have an international airport.

“Apart from the region being only two hours drive from Serengeti National Park, it is endowed with the unexploited largest Africa’s lake by area,” he said. He said since the lake sits adjacent to Serengeti and Rubondo Island National Parks, opportunities for tourist activities in and around the lake are plentiful. Giving examples, he said Lake Victoria is a biological hotspot, making it home to a number of tropical fish, and is very rich in variety of birdlife.

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