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Tanzania Tour Agents Hatch Huge Plan To Turn Dar Into Paris Of East AfricaBy ATTA®
Tanzania Tour Operators are mulling over the idea of turning the country’s commercial centre of Dar Es Salaam into a ‘tourism paradise’, a copycat of Paris, in their bid to woo massive foreign visitor influx.
The French capital is a huge draw for foreign visitors – receiving 40 million of them a year, more than any other city in the world.
There is the city’s romantic image, the stunning architecture, the Louvre Museum, the iconic Eiffel Tower, as well as the simple pleasure of sitting at a café terrace and watching the world go by, not to mention the spectacular sunsets.
Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) recently engaged tour operators based in Dar Es Salaam in a roundtable discussion where the ambitious idea of transforming the city into the tourists’ hotspot like Paris, was born.
TATO Vice-Chairman, Henry Kimambo, says Dar Es Salaam is a tourism’s sleeping giant, considering its untapped attractions such as spectacular beaches and islands, picturesque architecture, museums, churches, breathtaking gardens, monument, ruins, galleries, markets and Kigamboni Bridge, among others.
In 1865, Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar began building a new city very close to Mzizima and named it Dar es Salaam. The name is commonly translated as “abode/home of peace”, based on the Arabic dar (“house”), and the Arabic es Salaam (“of peace”).
Source: East African Business Week