Arusha. The recently established Chinese desk by the NMB Bank will facilitate hundreds of tourists now trooping into the country from China.
The bank’s relationship manager for the desk Agnes Mulolele said the facility would ease changing of money by incoming visitors from the Far East country.
She made the remarks on Sunday evening at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) during the arrival of over 300 tourists from China.
“We are in full support of the government’s efforts to promote tourism,” she told The Citizen, adding that the bank has set up forex bureaux at the country’s major airports for the purpose.
One of the forex shops at KIA is already serving the foreign passengers jetting into the country, including tourists landing there.
The bureau is open most of the day and has revived the money changing business which stalled temporarily after the closure of the privately-owned outlets last November.
According to Ms Mulolele, the bank has over 300 branches across the country and hundreds more of the automated teller machines (ATMs).
Mr Jeremiah Lyimo, the bank’s director of sales said facilitating money changing for the tourists would lessen challenges often facing first time visitors to the country.
He added that NMB Bank now offered forex exchange services to most of its branches in Arusha region to facilitate the tourists.
Over 300 tourists from China arrived at KIA around 9 pm on Sunday through a chartered Ethiopian Airlines plane.
According to the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), they are among the first batch of tourists from China, now one of the leading tourist source markets for Tanzania