Cultural Tourism: highly recommended to be included in your safari in Tanzania

A study commissioned by the Research on Poverty Alleviation (Repoa) has provided evidence that Cultural Tourism is best poised to alleviate poverty in rural areas because it does not require sophisticated education or huge capital outlays in the first place.

Recent research suggests that this branch of tourism was strongly emerging as an important money making activity in areas where visitors go see places of interest.

Cultural tourism as it is known today, is basically based on the mosaic of places, traditions, art forms, celebrations and experiences that portray the nation and its people, reflecting its diversity and character.

It generally focuses on traditional communities who have diverse customs, unique form of art and distinct social practices, which basically distinguishes it from the traditional game viewing safari.

Tanzania now has an official cultural tourism policy and several private sector-led projects are being implemented.

We believe that the most interesting Cultural Tourism Programs are those in rural areas showcasing the traditions of indigenous cultural communities (i.e. festivals, rituals), and their values and lifestyle.

The Repoa study came to the conclusion that cultural tourists spend substantially more than standard tourists do.

Upon analysing data gathered from the three locations which have been analysed (Mto wa Mbo in Monduli district and Kilimoja in Karatu district on the mainland, Bagamoyo in the coast region and North Unguja region in Zanzibar), researchers came to establish that tourism industry contributes significantly to the national economy through employment generation, foreign exchange earnings and tax revenues.

Contact info@onseahouse.com or check the overview of Cultural Tourism Programs around Arusha which we highly recommend to include in your safari (including Ilkindinga, Ngiresi and Tengeru) on www.onseahouse.com.

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