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  • Zanzibar invests in improving Isle’s aviation industry as President Hussein Mwinyi commends expansion works at AAKIA
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Aviation industry and tourism in Zanzibar

Aviation industry is the bedrock of the tourism sector in Zanzibar, it is dependent on a successful airline industry, and as a tourism destination having frequent flights from top international airlines is the key to growth.

As an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is made up of three main islands, that is; Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia Island.

To strategically grow its tourism sector, all three islands have their airport, the largest and busiest is the Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport. The airport is named after Abeid Amani Karume, the island’s first president.

Zanzibar is working on the construction of a new passenger Terminal building (Terminal 3) at the Abeid …

Ramadan fasting
  • Ramadan fasting increases economic activities around the world.
  • The travel sector, especially airlines registers higher revenues during pilgrimage after Ramadan fasting.
  • Zanzibar has announced tax breaks for consumables during Ramadan fasting.

Every year, from the beginning of Ramadan fasting, Muslim faithful increase spending, travel more and invest significantly to celebrate the Eid vacation.

“As people’s mobility increases, the transport sector’s business also experiences a surge…as people spend the overall economy is stimulated,” explains Abdul Rashid an economist in Tanzania.

The economics of a country change during Ramadan and the months leading to and immediately after the Holy Month. This multiplier effect is felt throughout the world as the Islamic communities prepare, fast and observe the Holy Month.

Take Tanzania for example, the East African country is over 40 per cent Muslim, Ramadan fasting causes increased economic activities ranging from import and export of food, increased spending and pilgrimage related spending.…

direct flights to Zanzibar
  • Data shows direct flights to Zanzibar have hit 34 from around the world.
  • Talks underway to launch direct flights to Zanzibar from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Kenya-based budget carrier Jambojet is set to start Zanzibar-Mombasa flights from July.

Zanzibar President Dr. Hussein Mwinyi has been steadfast in his push for the economic growth of the Spice Islands and a globally renown tourist hub. Among his major focuses has been the introduction of direct flights to Zanzibar, an archpelago off the Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar’s crown airport is Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport which now the government is revamping, expanding, and modernizing to meet the demand of a growing number of visitors.

Complete with almost all modern facilities, the airport also has several duty-free and commercial outlets at its terminals, enhancing its appeal for airline operators eyeing direct flights to Zanzibar.

For example, its newly-built international Terminal 3, which exclusively serves international

Montuli Zanzibar 7-star hotel tourism
  • The seven-star marvel, named “Montuli,” will be set up on the island of Pemba, a top tourism haven in Zanzibar.
  • Attractive policies and enabling environment on the island attracted us to invest $8 million in this project, which will create 200 jobs upon completion, says Hussein Muzamir, the investor behind Montuli.
  • The seven-star hotel will help Zanzibar edge closer to achieving its goal of attracting 850,000 tourists annually by 2025.

In the sun-kissed Zanzibar, a beacon of opulence is set to stir the East African hospitality industry skyline. Zanzibar is fast establishing itself as a premier luxury tourism destination and is intensifying competition by establishing the first seven-star hotel in the East African region. (

This step is not merely a testament to the island’s dedication to redefine luxury but also a pivotal move by the government to fortify its core sector – tourism.

According to details by …

Silicon Zanzibar | Zanzibar Tech Hub

Tanzania’s island of Zanzibar, once known for tourism, is now charting a new course toward becoming a powerhouse in technology and e-commerce. The recent launch of an electronic products shop in Zanzibar is not just a commercial opening; it symbolises the dawn of an ambitious era for the island’s investment sector.…

Tanzania's tourism industry | Serengeti National Park

When the first-ever, state-of-the-art tourism documentary featuring Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan and narrated by Peter Greenberg, the world’s best travel journalist, and award-winning investigative reporter, “The Royal Tour,” premiered in the US, it was only a matter of time before tourist numbers soared in Tanzania.
Whether it is the most beautiful places to visit in Tanzania or exotic landscapes found nowhere else, Tanzania offers one of the most unique tourism experiences in Africa and the world.…

mwinyi qatar
  • Zanzibar is fast-tracking the start of direct flights to and from Saudia Arabia.
  • Trade between Zanzibar and Qatar more than doubles in the last decade.
  • New UAE consulate in Zanzibar spearheading investment pacts between the two countries.

The island of Zanzibar is championing a renaissance in trade with talks on securing agreement for direct flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This comes only months after Saudi Arabia introduced direct flights to the country’s commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.

The direct flight from Saudi Arabia effectively cuts travel time and reduces travel costs by more than half. Travel time from Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam to King Abdulazz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia is now roughly 4 hours 40 minutes. Previously, travelers were spending 10 hours to complete the journey.

Tanzania Works and Transport Minister Makame Mbarawa said the direct flights will serve to boost international travelers’ …

  • Zanzibar has entered into a deal with Belgium to attract more tourists to the East African coastal Island.
  • The number of tourist arrivals in Tanzania is projected to increase in 2023. The country saw 62.7 per cent jump in new arrivals between January and July last year.
  • Tanzania received a total of 100,600 tourists from USA in 2022 followed closely by France that was the source of 100,371 holidaymakers.

Zanzibar’s tourism development initiative under its Blue Economy agenda is starting to pay dividend with the isles setting its sights on attracting tourists from Belgium.

Isle’s President Hussein Mwinyi recently met with Belgium’s Ambassador to Tanzania Peter Huyghebaert, and  unveiled ongoing improvement of infrastructure in Zanzibar to improve tourists’ experience.

President Mwinyi cited infrastructure improvements such as airports and roads, access to power and water as well as the construction of new hotels by the private sector.

“We have been working …

Zanzibar President Dr Hussein A. Mwinyi pledged to ensure a ‘greener and sustainable approach to tourism in Zanzibar starting with the signing of the Zanzibar Sustainable Tourism Declaration. The Island is also setting up a tech hub called Silicon Zanzibar as part of its Greener Zanzibar Tourism Strategy. Photo/SiliconZanzibar
  • Zanzibar President Mwinyi signs Zanzibar Sustainable Tourism Declaration
  • Greener Zanzibar Tourism Strategy to boost island’s blue economy
  • World Bank urges Zanzibar to increase local content in tourism

Zanzibar President Dr. Hussein A. Mwinyi has pledged to ensure a greener and more sustainable approach to tourism in Zanzibar following the signing of the Zanzibar Sustainable Tourism Declaration.

The declaration recognizes and commits Zanzibar to uphold global sustainable tourism standards as adopted by international institutions and world leaders. As part of the island’s Greener Zanzibar Tourism Strategy, the declaration sets Zanzibar on a path to embed sustainable strategies as part of its tourism growth plan.

President Mwinyi signed the declaration at the first Zanzibar Tourism Investment and Travel Exhibition (ZTITE) held on the island in February where he was the guest of honour.

The three-day event was held from the 9th to the 11th by the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT)  under …

Tanzania inflation rate hits 5 year high, to curb the hike, Zanzibar bans food export. Photo/Entrepreneur
  • Tanzania inflation hits five year high
  • Zanzibar bans export of food commodoties ahead of Holy Month
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Tanzania’s annual inflation rate has hit its highest point in five years clocking 4.9% in January 2023 and at the close of February the rate was no better.

According to the Tanzania Central Bank The Bank of Tanzania (BoT), the prices of food & non-alcoholic beverages went up by 9.9% up from 9.7% in December of last year.

The BoT monthly economic update report showed similar increase in prices across all sectors and indicator that the cost of living in Tanzania has increased drastically. Wit no matching increase in income, this means that the burden of acquiring daily basic needs like food has become worse for Tanzanians.

With percentages in the brackets here are how several sectors are suffering from price increase in Tanzania: Transportation (6.2% …