28 December 2012

Tanzania: Invest in Tourism, Local Business People Urged

THE Deputy Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Makongoro Mahanga, has called upon more local business people to invest in the tourism sector as the industry has a good number of opportunities.

Dr Mahanga said in Dar es Salaam that despite many banks offering loans for business capital, local investors were still reluctant to invest in the sector, urging them to emulate their foreign counterparts. "Many foreign investors are successful because they are not afraid of investing in huge businesses," said Dr Mahanga while officially opening the Green Light Hotel in Tabata, Ilala Municipality.

He expressed delight over employment opportunities offered by the Green Light Hotel to more than 40 people and that the establishment will increase national income through taxation. But, he said, the hotel should employ professional hotel management personnel for it to perform well in the business as the hotel services need staff who can maintain good relations with customers.

Dr Mahanga, who is also the Segerea MP, pledged to improve infrastructure largely roads to facilitate transport services to the hotel and that the government will continue maintaining ideal environment for investment. Mr Nahory Sanga, who is the hotel owner, said the 51- bedroom hotel would facilitate accommodation during international conferences, saying the hotel boasts of having three conference halls.

"The hotel's management is committed to ensure that it offers its customers ideal services," he stated. Mr Sanga thanked Azania Bank for facilitating the hotel construction through loans and that other local banks should emulate the bank to make possible the national development. He urged the government to give first priority to hotels owned by local investors while hosting international conferences to boost national earnings.

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