Tanzania set to welcome Chinese tourists, investments

Last year Chinese took over the number one spot in international tourism, beating out the Americans and Germans. According to a recent CNN article: “The figures are incredible. By 2015, 100 million Chinese will pack their bags to travel abroad, according to a report from the UN World Tourism Organization.”

china to africa logoThis has not gone unnoticed by the Tanzanian government. A government delegation currently touring China to promote tourism encouraged Chinese investment in Tanzania’s tourism industry, including the Serengeti.

Tanzania’s tourism industry has always focused on low-impact nature travel rather than mass tourism.

The temptation will now be to look at maximizing tourism arrivals and revenue rather than staying with a long term strategy that will minimize environmental impact.

For more information, see below.

Chinese tourism: The good, the bad and the backlash (CNN)

Tanzania persuades Chinese to invest in local tourism sector

Serengeti boosts Tanzanian economy (China news agency)

China to Africa website


There are 5 comments for this article
  1. David DeRousse at 6:23 pm

    I sure hope the government of Tanzania manages this big growth in tourism well. I hope it does not allow the huge increase to overwhelm the system and in the process destroy the golden egg(it’s wildlife and beautiful preserves).

  3. Bob Loveless at 1:13 am

    This is terrible news for the future of the Serengeti – one of the true wonders of the world!

  4. Mtui Godwin at 8:06 pm

    I Agree with and support the Government of Tanzania for diversifying to, act and respond quickly to this new marketing opportunity and growing tourist demand destination, but the fact that every opportunity has its own challenges and set back. I there for use the opportunity and request every responsible individual to play his/her role well in ensure that we make this as a growing opportunity rather that threat and obstacles in the conservation of our wildlife and Heritage resources.

  5. Thomas Reuben at 9:30 am

    It is to my opinion that opening Tanzanian tourism sector to Chinese market potentials means growth for Tanzanian economy. There is no way we should let this opportunity go. However, we should be careful to conserve our Serengeti heritage and many others. More emphasis should be on eco tourism investment. There should therefore be clear, cool tourism policy in place…

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