Preparations for the second ‘Zanzibar International Tourism Show’ have kicked-off with the launch of committees, which will ensure that the exhibitions become successful and fully visited by several participants.
The revelation was made early this week by the Minister for Information, Tourism, and Antiquities, Mr. Mahmud Thabit Kombo, while inaugurating the committees.
Mr. Kombo at the same time appealed to the public especially the Show members to work hard to ensure that there was a big turnout, adding that a bigger exhibition was expected in comparison to the previous one. It attracted about 400 local and foreign business people in the Island, and was held between the 17th and 20th October of 2018.
He said current Steering Committee, Technical, and Communication/Press teams have been formed of about 25 members, chaired by Dr Abdalla Mohamed Juma- Executive Secretary of Zanzibar Tourism Commission, and assisted by a Photographer and businessman, Mr. Javed Jaffarji.
The Minister said this year’s planned tourism show is scheduled to take place between the 26th and 28th of September, and thereafter the organizing committees will be engaged in advertising the exhibitions locally and internationally to motivate the public to visit them at the grounds of ‘ Verde Hotel – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa.’ However, he hinted that the budget for this year’s Show has not been revealed.
Tourism is Zanzibar’s largest economic sector and essential for the Island’s socio- economic stability.
It accounts for between 25 and 27 per cent of its GDP, and accounts for more than 80 per cent of its foreign revenue collections, besides providing the highest private sector employment with more than 60,000 jobs.
Last year Zanzibar scooped the prestigious ‘World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’ award for the emerging tourism destination market. The last award ceremony was held in Cairo, Egypt.