Tanzania to host top 100 global travel agents

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  • The top 100 global travel agents marks a monumental occasion for the country, as it demonstrates the growing interest and confidence of international travel agents in the Tanzanian tourism industry.

Arusha. Arusha, the Tanzania’s safari capital, is poised to host the maiden international Tourism Summit Africa 2024 in May that brings 100 key global travel agents to create synergy with local tour operators post covid-19 pandemic.

The Chief Executive Officer for African Queen Adventures, Ms Alice Manupa who is a co-host said the summit, the first of its kind to be held in African continent runs from May 20 to 23, 2024, is part of her efforts to compliment the President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s initiatives to revamp the tourism industry.

“Since the travel agents will venture into the depths of Tanzania's untamed wilderness, engage with local communities, and marvel at its breathtaking landscapes, they would carry with them the essence of this extraordinary land,” she noted.

The young-female tour operator said that their experiences and insights would serve as catalysts for reigniting the passion for travel and fostering a renewed sense of connection between the world and the unparalleled marvels of Tanzania.

“I’m so grateful to my esteemed business partner who doubles as the Founder and CEO of TravelShop Turkey & Vice President of the International Ecotourism Society Murtaza Kalender, for accepting to bring the Summit in Africa, and Tanzania in particular” Ms Manupa, an Africa’s female tourism award winning explained.

Echoing Ms Manupa’s statement, Mr Murtaza said the Summit, intends to introduce this magnificent, undiscovered destination in Africa to tourism professionals worldwide.

“This event will bring together the world's most experienced travel and tourism agents from all corners of the globe, and provide B2B meetings with local tourism professionals”.

Furthermore, the ITSA will orchestrate an extraordinary familiarization (fam) trip to the region renowned for hosting the world's most exquisite natural national parks and diverse wildlife.

Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (Tato) CEO, Mr Sirili Akko said the arrival of the top 100 global travel agents marks a monumental occasion for the country, as it demonstrates the growing interest and confidence of international travel agents in the Tanzanian tourism industry.

“The decision to host the international Tourism Summit Africa 2024 in Tanzania's safari capital of Arusha further solidifies the country's position as a premier destination for travel and adventure” Mr Akko explained.

With the participation of the top 100 global travel agents, local tour companies stand to benefit from engaging in critical business-to-business (B2B) interactions, opening doors to new opportunities and partnerships on a global scale, he noted.

“This convergence of industry leaders promises to pave the way for enhanced collaboration, knowledge exchange, and sustainable growth within Tanzania's tourism industry, as we mark three years of President Samia Suluhu Hassan in highest office” Mr Akko explained.

President Samia has been an enthusiastic advocate for the advancement of Tanzania's tourism industry, recognizing its potential as a driving force for economic development and international recognition.

“Her administration's commitment to fostering a conducive environment for the tourism industry has undoubtedly contributed to the successful attraction of the top 100 global travel agents to Tanzanian soil” Tato chief said.

Through strategic policies and initiatives, the government has demonstrated its dedication to positioning Tanzania as a key player in the global travel and tourism landscape.

“The involvement of the top 100 global travel agents in this momentous event not only showcases Tanzania's allure as a top-tier travel destination but also underscores the country's standing as a hub for international tourism collaboration and networking” he said.

As the agents immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Tanzania's landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage, they are bound to be captivated by the country's unparalleled beauty and diversity, further solidifying their commitment to promoting Tanzania as a premier travel destination.

This visit is an opportunity for these influential figures to witness firsthand the magic of Tanzania and forge lasting connections with local stakeholders.

With a vibrant array of offerings, including wildlife safaris, pristine beaches, and rich cultural experiences, Tanzania has long been a magnet for global travelers seeking extraordinary adventures.