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Monday, 05 December, 2016, 12 : 09 PM [IST]

‘India ranks as the 7th source market for TANAPA’

The Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) is considering the possibility of educating the Indian travel trade about its product offerings in collaboration with the Tanzania Tourist Board. Ibrahim Mussa, Director, Tourism and Marketing, TANAPA, in an email interaction with TravelBiz Monitor throws light on the parks and the customer statistics from India.
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Q. What type of tourists experiences are offered by Tanzania National Parks?
A. Our parks are endowed with many natural attractions, to enjoy them tourists have to undertake a range of activities like:

  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Mountain climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro
  • Meru, Udzungwa and Mahale
  • Cycling in Arusha and Mt Kilimanjaro
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  • Paragliding off Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Hot air balloon flight in Tarangire and
  • Serengeti National parks
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Mahale and Gombe
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  • Chimpanzee habituation in Rubondo island
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  • Canoeing and boating
  • Bird Watching
  • Flower safari in Kitulo National Park
  • Wildlife filming

Q. As Tanzania is a high-end destination so what kind of exclusive features does TANAPA offer in its itineraries to the guests?
A. In Tanzania, most tourists visit the parks through tour operators and travel agents, so they buy their safari and obtain specific itineraries from the private tour operator. However,

TANAPA does not have any exclusive offer to tourists or even tour operators. Our parks are public properties so anybody abiding by the set procedures is allowed in. Tourists may enjoy natural exclusivity when visiting some parks or any area of the park or decide to conduct any special activity that other tourists don’t undertake. Furthermore, tourists may enjoy a sense of exclusivity by choosing to stay in any of the lodges that are remotely located in the parks.

Q. How many Indian arrivals have Tanzania National Parks experienced till now?
A. The number ranges between 11,460 in 2010 to 16,396 in 2015. So the number is growing gradually.

Q. How much have Indian arrivals contributed to the revenue of TANAPA?
A. It is difficult to arrive at the exact revenue figure contributed by a specific group of persons because our rates/fees are different from one park to another, and so is the cost of lodges and other accommodation facilities where they spend nights. However if we consider an average entry fee of USD 45 per person per day we may say, a total of USD 737,820 was contributed by Indian arrivals to our parks, assuming that they spent 1 day in the park (which normally may not be the case).

Q. How are Tanzania National Parks working with Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre towards increasing the tourist arrivals from India?
A. Together with our Embassy in India we collaborate on a number of promotional activities such as road shows, tourism fairs, FAM trips to Tanzania, publications of information about our attractions and other similar activities.

Q. How is TANAPA creating awareness and training front line staff of travel agencies in India to sell the national parks among their clientele?
A. We haven’t undertaken any direct activities. However, through road shows and exhibitions we attend in India, we believe travel agents have an opportunity to be informed about our Parks. Plans are underway to have such training programmes in collaboration with the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB).

Q. What are the top source markets for TANAPA in terms of arrivals globally? Where does India rank?
A. TANAPA’s top source markets are USA, Germany, UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands and India ranks on the 7th position. ‘India ranks as the 7th source market for TANAPA’ The Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) is considering the possibility of educating the Indian travel trade about its product offerings in collaboration with the Tanzania Tourist Board. Ibrahim Mussa, Director, Tourism and Marketing, TANAPA, in an email interaction with TravelBiz Monitor throws light on the parks and the customer statistics from India. TravelBiz Monitor n December 01-15, 2016 24 In Conversation



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