29 December 2012

Tanzania: Sea Travellers Complain Over Ticket Sales

Zanzibar — AUTHORITIES at the Zanzibar main port of Malindi, and the Azam Marine Company have been urged to revise the process of purchasing tickets to minimise chaos and unnecessary congestion at ticket sales offices.

Several people have complained that since the beginning of Christmas week, it has been difficult to buy tickets at approved prices due to congestions at the tickets sales offices in Malindi. "The salesmen are not fair, they sell tickets to a few youth who in turn sell the same tickets on the black market.

One youth can be given up to 20 tickets," Omar Mussa, a traveller, complained. When asked to comment, the General Manager of Azam Marine Company Limited, Mr Hussein Said, admitted that it has been cumbersome to buy tickets in Zanzibar compared to Dar es Salaam.

"People have been complaining of inconvenience of buying tickets in Zanzibar. We need port authorities in Zanzibar to help end this problem," he said. He said that limited space at the sales offices in Zanzibar has been also a problem in controlling the sale of tickets. "We have asked for a bigger space to construct our offices," he said.

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