The Minister responsible for Tourism in Tanzania, Proff Jumanne Maghembe has responded back with regard to the recent cry of the tourism stake holders in relation to introducing VAT on services by saying "TANZANIA IS NOT A KENYAN COLONY, FURTHER TANZANIA HAS ITS OWN DEVELOPMENT PLANS."
MY RESPONSE TO HON JUMANNE MAGHEMBE.
First of all, allow me to acknowledge and thank you Hon Maghembe for having taken the time to RESPOND this particular concern of tourism stakeholders both in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
In reality, with my humble apologies, you have completely disregard the matter and your response is in no relation with what the tourism stakeholders are pleading. Many of the investors who are engaged directly or indirectly in tourism are begging you to review and reverse your decisition based on a WIN WIN situation.
The recent implementation of the VAT on tourism services to which your Ministry has a constitutional right, is detrimental on a short term and long term towards the tourism industry in the United Republic of Tanzania.
As we all know, our good neighbours in Kenya, has somehow similar attractions as Tanzania that we both offer to an average international traveller so called 'tourist'. We both, meaning Tanzania and Kenya rely on the European summer to capture their summer
holidays by inviting them to holiday in our respective countries.
Hence, it is ultimate that we both ( Kenya and Tanzania) will find ourselves promoting and selling our
hotels and attractions as a destination in their respective promotional travel shows.
Where there is a Kenyan Tour Operator, you are most likely to see a Tanzanian offering the same. This is where a tourist visiting East Africa will make his/her decision towards the destination.