eTurboNews - Independent and Global Travel, Tourism, Lifestyle, Entertainment News you only find here

Travel News Distribution powered by eTurboNews:

Tanzania's minister of natural resources and tourism announces 2010 tourism honorees

Tanzania's minister of natural resources and tourism announces 2010 tourism honorees ( Celebrating its 10th aqnniversary, the 2010 honorees of the prestigious Tanzania Tourist Board's (TTB) annual awards were announced by the Hon. Shamsa S. Mwangunga, MP, Tanzania’s minister for natural resources and tourism, and out-going president of the Africa Travel Association (ATA). The announcement took place at the Gala Tanzania Tourism Dinner on May 17 at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel. The Tanzania award dinner has become a celebrated tradition and one of the highlights of the annual ATA Congress.

Notable among the honorees was MTV News and Docs, named winner of the Tanzania Tourism Media Broadcast Award, in recognition of its one-and-half hour documentary on the “Summit on the Summit” Kilimanjaro Celebrity Climb aired nationwide on March 14, 2010.

Other honorees included: Dar Guide, Media Print Award; Zara Tours, Tour Operator Humanitarian Award; Africa Adventure Consultants, Tour Operator Southern/Western Tourism Circuit; Immersion Journeys, Tour Operator New Product Development Award; and Asilia Africa’s Sayari Camp, Sustainable Tourism /Camps Award.

This year, there were also three Special Recognitions for outstanding contribution to the development of Tourism. Jane Goodall was honored for her world-renowned research with chimpanzees on Gombe Island National Park and her worldwide efforts to educate children around the world about conservation. The late Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey, archaeologists and anthropologists, were also recognized for their work on bone and fossil analysis in Oldupai Gorge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (now a UNESCO Heritage Site) fifty years ago. Here, they discovered a skull that would change all prior scientific hypothesis. Their exciting discovery was a humanoid skull with huge teeth that they named Zinjanthropus or “Zinj.” The excellent condition of the skull allowed scientists to date the beginnings of mankind to about two million years ago and to verify that human evolution began not in Asia, as previously thought, but in Africa. In keeping with the significance of this information, Oldupai Gorge is now known as “The Cradle of Mankind." The third honoree was retired General Mirisho Sarakikya, who has climbed Kilimanjaro forty-six times, the most among Tanzanians, for his outstanding contribution, passion, and efforts he has shown in promoting and sensitizing various categories of climbers including diplomats, students, and several dignitaries to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Present at the Tanzania dinner for the announcement of the 2010 honorees and special recognitions were the Hon. Fatou Mass Jobe Njie, minister of tourism and culture, the Gambia; Eddie Bergman, ATA executive director; and the ministers of tourism and heads of delegations from more than 10 African countries, the ATA international board of directors, and ATA Chapter representatives, as well as more than 300 ATA delegates, including US-based travel professionals. In addition to the Hon. Mwangunga, the Tanzania delegation included Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, newly-appointed managing director of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB); representatives of the Tanzania ministry for natural resources&tourism; the Tanzania Tourist Board; Tanzania National Parks; Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority; Tanzania Wildlife Department; the National Museum of Tanzania; and the Department of Antiquities.

“The American market continues to grow, and for the third consecutive year, remains the number one source of visitors to Tanzania worldwide,” said Hon. Shamsa S. Mwangunga, MP. “We attribute this growth to the many aspects of our marketing plan, not least of which is the strong support of our travel industry partners we are honoring here tonight. We are also seeing the great impact of a two-year, CNN-US TV ad campaign and 'Ultimate Safari' sweepstakes, as well as our Travel Agent University Tanzania Specialist Program, with 1,500 graduates. This coming year we hope to bolster the numbers even further with the appointment last month by HE president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Doug Pitt as Tanzania’s goodwill ambassador in the US. We are confident that Mr. Pitt, a photo journalist who is involved in many humanitarian projects in Tanzania, will generate much interest in Tanzania through his multiple business and social networks.”

Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, TTB managing director noted that: “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tanzania Tourism Awards program, we can be proud of that fact that we achieved two major objectives - increasing the number of tourists from the North American market and increasing the number of tour operators who offer stand-alone safari programs to the southern and western circuits. These successes are due in large part to the strong private sector support from Tanzania itself, as well as our partners globally. However, we want to emphasize that as we work hard to continue to grow our tourism arrivals, TTB will remain vigilant about conservation, encouraging low-impact, high-quality tourism.”

This year, Tanzania also took full advantage of the unique opportunity to use the World Cup in South Africa to reach out to the thousands of football fans coming to Africa from around the globe. According to Amant Macha, TTB marketing director: “With a less than four-hour flight from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam on South African Airways, a Tanzanian safari is an ideal extension to a visit to South Africa. By hosting more than 25 South African–based tour operators, we were able to assist them in creating some excellent tour packages.”



Tanzania-based Zara Tours, through Zara Charities, has created unique initiatives that benefit the local communities. Zara Tours itself donates US$15 to these charities for every client booked on Zara Tours. In addition to the diverse range of local projects that have been funded by Zara Charities, it also created in 2004 and provides funds to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society to ensure the health and safety of all the porters. Zara Tours also created a volun-tourism add-on to its safaris of two or three days to encourage its clients to work on local projects.


Tanzania is the number-one, best-selling destination in Africa for Denver-based Africa Adventure Consultants with an expected 40 percent growth in 2010. Africa Adventure Consultants has promoted the growth of tourism to the southern and western safari circuits in Tanzania. They offer six stand-alone itineraries to these areas, which enhances the depth of their overall Tanzanian portfolio: Chimp Trekking Adventure, Selous Walking Safari, Southern Tanzania Adventure, Southern Tanzania Safari, Tanzania Southern Gems Safari, and the Wildest Tanzania Safari


Immersion Journeys has created a special niche by providing programs for universities, corporations, and public sector institutions who want to have an exchange with Tanzania and gain access to people, sites, and industry sectors of their interest. This program also provides assistance with identifying investment opportunities in Tanzania. Complementing this academic/corporate track is Immersion Journeys’ African Chronicle Series where guests meet with cultural leaders, government officials, and local residents. They are hosted for meals and are given a very local cultural experience, providing the visitors with an authentic and genuine opportunity to meet and interact with their hosts.


Sayari Camp in the Northern Serengeti is a model of sustainable tourism – in its environmental policies, “keeping it local,” their staff is 90 percent local, they train staff from the local community to become managers, and they buy locally-grown produce. Their environmental policy highlights waste management, energy saving, pollution issues, staff welfare, and reductions of carbon footprints.


MTV produced and aired a one-and-a-half hour documentary on the “Summit on the Summit” Kilimanjaro Charity Climb led by award-winning rap star, Kenna, including actors Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsh. Kenna initiated the climb to focus world attention on the need for clean water in developing countries. With 150 channels worldwide, MTV is a name that is recognized around globe. MTV is part of the Viacom network, which connects with audiences around the world in more than 562 million households in 161 countries.


Launched in May of 1997, the monthly Dar es Salaam Guide, a full-color, glossy magazine written in English, has proven to be a valuable tool in promoting domestic tourism. The Dar es Salaam Guide features stories focusing on Tanzania’s national parks, game reserves, historical sites, cultural tours, and beach destinations, as well as guides to weekend getaways, local entertainment, restaurants, movies, arts, and culture. Fifteen-thousand copies are distributed for free countrywide, with a concentrated distribution in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, and Moshi.


The Tanzania Tourist Board announced the establishment of the Tanzania Tourism Awards at the ATA Congress in May 2000 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the First Annual Tanzania Tourism Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner at the ATA Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, May 2001.

The awards were created to support and show appreciation to the travel professionals and media who have worked hard promoting and selling Tanzania in the US market, as well as to provide an incentive to increase the numbers even more in the coming years. The awards have taken on more significance as the American market has become the number-one source of tourists for Tanzania worldwide for two consecutive years. One of TTB’s specific objectives was to promote the Southern Circuit, which until recently was the travel connoisseur’s “best kept secret,” but now the number of tour operators offering “stand-alone” safaris to the south and west of Tanzania has been steadily growing.

TTB selected the Annual Africa Travel Association Congress as the venue for the Gala Awards Dinner to show support for ATA’s ever-expanding global reach in promoting tourism to the continent of Africa. The prestigious awards are presented each year by Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism. The 2010 awards were presented by the Hon. Shamsa S. Mwangunga, MP.

In 2004, TTB created the first-ever Tour Operator Humanitarian Award. This was a direct result of the Second IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism (IIPT) hosted by Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, December 2003. TTB wanted to encourage more tour operators to make a direct contribution to the betterment of the local communities, thereby making them “stakeholders" in the tourism industry.

In the same year, 2004, TTB also expanded its awards program to honor Tanzania’s partners at home who have helped to improve the quality and infrastructure of its tourism product recognizing that tourism could not experience the fast-paced growth without this private sector investment and support.


Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism, with approximately 28 percent of the land protected by the government. It boasts 15 national parks and 32 game reserves. It is the home of the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro; the Serengeti, named in October, 2006, the New 7th Wonder of the World by USA Today and Good Morning America; the world-acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, often called the 8th Wonder of the World; Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind; the Selous, the world’s largest game reserve; Ruaha, now the second largest national park in Africa; the spice islands of Zanzibar; and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most important for visitors, the Tanzanian people are warm and friendly, speak English, which together with Kiswahili, are the two official languages, and the country is an oasis of peace and stability with a democratically-elected and stable government.

For more information about Tanzania, visit .

PHOTO: L to R: Hon Njie&Hon. Mwangunga / Photo from

Karen Hoffman/Sarah McHeffey The Bradford Group Tel: (212) 447-0027 Fax: (212) 725 8253 Email: ,

+++ Upload Your Press Release +++

Need assistance?

You need a little assistance?Call for help

Subscribe Now!

News Distribution Service

Distribute your press release with our service?

Submit Your Press-release

Latest Travel News