Jobs, Growth, Opportunity: What Tourism Brings to Tanzania

March 24, 2015 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Along with agricultural processing and mining, tourism is one of Tanzania’s largest industries. It directly employs nearly half a million people in the country and supplies close to twenty percent of total exports. In 2013 alone, tourism contributed to 12.7% of the country’s GDP and employed 11% of the population.

The industry has long been a reliable source of income for struggling countries, inviting those around the world to visit and observe their landscapes and natural features, and Tanzania is no exception. The industry also has a long standing reputation of offering job opportunities to large percentages of the population who would otherwise struggle to find work, including those social groups that are commonly disadvantaged like women and younger generations. Additionally, tourism encourages land and wildlife preservation, providing entertainment for its guests and a healthier, more diverse planet.

Despite its continued aid to these areas, there are still several aspects of Tanzanian tourism that have room for growth and improvement. The Tanzania Economic Update published by the World Bank indicates that tourism could be an even greater source of income and aid to the country and its people a three-part strategy to help boost the already growing industry. These components can be simplified as: diversifying its tourist locations; integrating more of the country’s population in its employment; and improving the governance of taxes, fees, and revenues directly related to the industry.

The Diversification Pillar of Growth

Tourism is booming in the more northern areas of Tanzania including the Serengeti, and not for nothing—the parks are outstanding, activities abound, and there are many beautiful landscapes to behold. However, the southern and western areas of the country, which are often overlooked by tourists in favor of experiencing the more famous areas, are just as beautiful and wondrous. In addition, because of their lesser recognition, tours of these areas are more accessible to visitors on a budget.

Parks of these areas include the Ruaha National Park and the Katavi National Park, both of which contain astounding wildlife and game, and are ideal for those who want to see the wilder side of Tanzania with opportunities for camping and hiking. There are also beautiful and luxurious accommodations in most of these areas, such as Greystoke Camp in Mahale Mountains National Park, where visitors have described the location as “magical” and a “do not miss” area of Tanzania.

If these areas were given the same amount of international recognition as the northern areas, Tanzania’s economy could continue to grow and expand, providing even more income and job opportunities for its citizens, and improve their quality of life. To find out how you might see these and other areas of Tanzania and help support a growing economy, visit

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