THE government has promised to protect the travel and tourism sector, saying it remains keen to ensuring that the sector continues playing a significant role in the country economic growth and social development.
Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the government would ensure the sector is fairly taxed, pledging government support to growth of the industry that generates foreign currencies for the country.
"We will do everything to ensure that the industry is not overtaxed... we will protect the industry," Mr Nyalandu said at the Tanzania Society of Travel Agents (TASOTA) 2013 award presentation ceremony.
He said the government appreciates efforts by the travel and tourism sector's lobby group in engaging the state in addressing pertinent issues to the sector growth. He said the government was keen to formulate policies that will support the growth of the travel and tourism sector.
"We will work with you. Together we will formulate better policies that will address the tax issue as well." Mr Nyalandu hailed TOSOTA for spearheading efforts to raise standards in the travel and tourism sector.
Tourism, growing at a steady rate for the past decade, is among the main drivers of the economy in Tanzania and is projected to grow at seven per cent in 2013.
TASOTA Chairman Mustafa Khataw appreciated the government eagerness to work with the private sector in developing the travel and tourism sector, citing excise duty on bank transfers as a great concern to Tasota members.