US President George Bush visits Arusha: a welcome that will help to market Tanzania as single safari destination

During their 6 day visit to Africa, starting today Saturday 16 February, President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will spend 2 days in Tanzania, of which 1 full day will be spend in Arusha, on Monday 18 February 2008. 

Bush will arrive tonight in Dar es Salaam and spend Sunday meeting Tanzanian President Kikwete, a joint news conference, a visit to Amana District Hospital and a social dinner with the Tanzanian president.

On Monday, they will spend a full day in Arusha, Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’.

Next to the visit to the Meru District Hospital, they will visit Emusoi Centre, a project of the Maryknoll Sisters in Arusha, Tanzania. Emusoi (or place of discovery and awareness in Maa, the Maasai language) is an ongoing educational project that prepares school-age girls from nomadic tribes for entrance into secondary and tertiary schools.

Another stop is the A to Z textile mills in Arusha.
The CEO of A to Z, Mr. Anuj Shah will probably demonstrate the Olyset nets which are guaranteed for five years and are the only ones recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). They were first manufactured in September 2003 and production since then has risen dramatically. In 2005 the area occupied by the new factory was just a bare field. Now, of the company’s 5,000 employees, 3,200 produce the nets.

US Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green said President Bush’s visit to Tanzania would promote investments among Americans. Under Tanzania’s new economic diplomacy, tourism is on top priority investment sector.

Although Bush’s visit to Tanzania and other four African states doesn’t include a tourism agenda, Ambassador Green said the visit would add a value to Americans who will take their president’s visit to explore more on African investment opportunities. Tourism is on top in African business opportunities, reaping from the continent’s rich natural tourist attractions.

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has been organizing various tourism promotional tours in the US to market Tanzania among Americans, and now Tanzania is advertising its attractions through CNN America in the campaign to attract more Americans.

With the ongoing volatile political situation in Kenya, Tanzania tourism stakeholders are taking Bush’s visit a welcome that will help to market Tanzania as a single destination rather than a package destination comprising Kenya.

They take the Bush visit as a kick-start to have Tanzanian tourism getting known in US through thousands of media outlets following the President’s itinerary. Other countries in his six-day African tour are Rwanda, Ghana, Benin and Liberia.

Tanzania is the host of two crucial conferences with tourism agenda in May and June this year with most participants coming from United States. The Eighth Leon Sullivan Summit will be held in Tanzania’s northern tourist city of Arusha early in June with expectations to attract about 4,000 participants from the US and Africa.

The 33rd Africa Travel Association (ATA) Congress is scheduled to take place from May 19th to 23rd with its key participants drawn from the African Diaspora in the US among other Americans.

Tanzania is mostly known by its rich and spectacular attractions made up of wildlife famous African parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Selous and Tarangire with additional attractive Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak.

Contact Onsea House in Arusha if you are looking for intimate hotel accommodation in the area and/or would like include the projects which will be visited by President Bush in your safari in Tanzania.

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