Devota-MdachChange of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) into a state authority has gotten to advanced stages and today there are opportunities of getting a National Convention Bureau (NCB) come the coming year.

Ms Devota Mdachi the Acting Managing Director of TTB said this at the opening of the certification seminar for hoteliers plus tour guides which the absence of a National Convention Bureau (NCB) makes it extremely difficult to promote this country as a meeting tourism destination.

She added that the absence of a bureau implies that many people are carrying out their own things and there isn’t any coordination. Proof reveals that besides the tourist attractions, at this moment we have great conference facilities plus the necessary human resource

Ms Mdachi declared that by acquiring the precise statistics is still difficult, in 2013 tourists that arrived in the country for leisure reasons added up to 890,000 people among whom 65,922 traveled for business tourism.

She went on to say that it is likely that there are even a lot more tourists that visit this country for gatherings and even conferences   and that endeavors were ongoing to gather the necessary data.

She reported that in 2012, the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) was able to reach its 1 million target of tourist numbers and they wish to reach the 1.5 million tag come 2015. The opportunity in conference tourism is large; making sure that more and more people are certified will accelerate the achievement of this goal.

Ms Mdachi went on to say that certification will make sure that the facilities plus people in Tanzania are known worldwide and that through efficient private – public partnerships, the days of making use of foreign planners to handle international conferences are all gone.

Dr Rodolfo Musco a Certified Meeting Planner, who is currently on a visit in Tanzania told participants of the workshop that because meetings and conferences bring in people from different backgrounds, it was vital that planner know the different cultures and habits and take care of them.

Dr Musco revealed that anybody within the tourism business has to know that each day they are strolling on eggshells and also that the memory of each tourist begins from the person who stamps their passport on arriving all the way right up until when they return home.

he mentioned that For a country to successful enjoy the benefits of the tourism business specially the conference plus meeting market, there is requirement for a robust connection which includes internet availability, caterers, the meeting facility, meeting security as well as lighting technicians,.

Leonardo Da Vinci an Italian artist, , who stated that people that fall in love with practice devoid of science are similar to a sailor who gets into a ship minus a helm or even a compass, and who cannot be certain of where he is heading to, Dr Musco stressed that meeting planners are experts and require certification.

Ms Martha Yeronimo the Tanzania Conference Services Managing Director, and the very first Tanzanian planner of Fourteen years revealed that plans are ongoing of converting the certification into the local Kiswahili so that more people obtain accessibility to it,