By Majuto Omary
Dar es Salaam — Plans are afoot for the government to promote tourism through golf, it has been revealed.
Director of tourism in the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Deogratius Mdamu said this during this year’s Southern Circuit Karibu Utalii Golf Challenge tournament yesterday.
“This tournament is meant to drive sports enthusiasts to the southern part of the country, which apart from this event, has the unexplored tourism attractions,” Mdamu said.
“We will use the event to aggressively market the country’s tourism attractions,” he added.
Over 80 golfers from around the African continent competed in the inaugural tournament, which came to a close yesterday in Iringa.
According to Mdamu, the government has been impressed with the number of golfers who battled it out for top honours in the event.
“Through sports; Tanzanian players often share the podium with athletes from other countries,” he said.
“Sports such as golf have for a long time been a popular part of our everyday social life, which we have continued to share with the world,” he added. Yeckonia Chaula of the Mufindi Club, who is among the top golfers in the country, congratulated organisers of the tournament, saying staging the event was one of the ebst ways to promote both tourism and the sport.
He also hailed the government for its efforts to promote tourism attractions in the Southern Highlands zone. This comes at a time when the government of in the process of establishing a beach management authority to improve beach tourism in the East African nation.
Hamisi Kigwangalla, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, says currently beach tourism is doing much better in Zanzibar than on mainland Tanzania.
“Beach tourism is not being promoted on mainland Tanzania with its abundant potential,” the minister was quoted as saying recently.
He said Tanzania has decided to come up with strong strategies in order to efficiently explore available opportunities in beach tourism to boost the national economy.