Tanzania has reported a 4% growth on it’s annual tourism revenue for the 2019 fiscal year. The country reported gross receipts of $2.52B which is an increase from $2.43 billion in the previous year.
The tourism industry in Tanzania has been on a positive trajectory for sometime. The 4% jump comes on the heels of another 7.3% jump in 2018. Cabinet Secretary Tourism Najib Balala says the growth has been brought by increased international arrivals with many of the travelers within the age of 35-44.
Tanzania has also seen a slight 1.2% increase in the number of tourist arrivals, having recorded 2 048 000 visitors in 2019. Tanzania continues to attract visitors from United States who top the list with 245,437 visitors, followed by Uganda which had 223,010.
The growth is attributed to the relative safety that the country has experienced in the year where only only a single act of terror was recorded. There was also a 10% increase in the number of Kenyans visiting the country.
A raft of airline improvements contributed to the positive trajectory including the 2018 resumption of of flights between Paris and Nairobi. Qatar Airways is also has direct flights to Mombasa whose arrivals spill into Tanzania. Regional stability is key to Tanzania’s growth.