ARUSHA National Park (ANP) Chief Warden, Asteria Ndaga, has encouraged private sector to take advantages of immense opportunities in the tourism sector particularly in promoting domestic tourism role in the economy.
“Domestic tourism offers immense opportunities for the private sector to grab by organizing tours targeting different groups in the society to visit the ANP especially during weekends and vacations,” she said in an interview.
She said lack of domestic tourism awareness is a gap and opportunity for players in the private sector to take advantage and contribute to national economic building efforts.
She added, “We are encouraging Tanzanians, particularly those in Arusha and nearby regions to take advantage of various natural tourist attractions at ANP for escape and leisure after hard work.”
Ms Ndaga said various efforts put in promoting domestic tourism at ANP has paid off after increasing the number of visitors to 33,000 in the year 2016/17.
She said it was high time for players in the private sector to influence Tanzanians to become tourists in their own country-to enjoy the leisure of the country’s diverse Natural Heritage.
“Private sector may design affordable and attractive packages for locals in groups which suit most of corporate and individual clients – especially those attending professional workshops, conferences and training workshops throughout the country,” she noted.
“People travel from different parts of the world to visit tourism attractions and we remain spectators with believing that tourism is for foreigners, expensive, wastage of money,” she said.
Ms Ndaga said, however, that the 14 kilometres road crossing through the ANP is the cause for environmental pollution particularly unnecessary noises that disturb animals.