National Tourism Policy Review.

    The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) is reviewing the National Tourism Policy of 1999 to make it go in line with the new developments in the tourism industry in the country.

    Since 1999, a number of challenges have been affecting the tourism sector in the country, key include; outdated laws governing the operations in the tourism sector (one of which is the tourism policy itself, which is of 1999), conflicting laws and regulations (for instance, the Tourism Act, 2008, does not define a hotel, while the hotel act defines hotel facility as part of tourism), and overlapping of roles and functions of institutions in the sector.

    Due to new developments, challenges and current emerging opportunities such as rising foreign income generation by promoting potential tourism outside Protected Areas (PAs), the revised tourism policy must align with other global, regional and national frameworks.

    In order to achieve the desired goals, ESRF is organizing zonal workshops in the Northern zone, Lake Zone, Southern highland zone, Central zone, Western zone, Southern zone and Coastal zone. So far two workshops have been organized in Arusha region for the Northern Zone and in Mwanza for the Lake Zone. The aim of these workshops is to gather as much inputs and views from key stakeholders in the Tourism sector in order to feed into the revision of the policy.

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ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)