Tanzania: NCAA sets new tourist and revenue records

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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) has welcomed President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts to revive the tourism sector, which saw the authority record a total of 534,065 tourists in the first half of 2023 /24.

According to NCAA Conservation Commissioner Richard Kiiza, this figure is 10% more than the number of tourists who visited the park in the corresponding period of the 2022/23 financial year.

“President Samia’s efforts to revive the tourism industry immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic, especially after starring in the Royal Tour documentary. This has significantly contributed to an increase in the number of tourists in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), which reached 752,232 for the 2022/23 financial year, compared to 191,614 recorded during the 2020/21 period when it assumed the presidency,” he noted.

Commissioner Kiiza revealed this yesterday while presenting the NCAA performance report to editors of various media outlets in Dar es Salaam.

The meeting organized by the Office of the Treasurer-Registrar (OTR) aimed to highlight the achievements recorded during the three years of presidency of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Elaborating, Commissioner Kiiza said that for the 2023/24 financial year, the number of tourists visiting the famous global attraction is expected to reach one million.

The influx of tourists has consequently strengthened the state coffers, with revenue collected at the NCA increasing from 31 billion/- in the financial year 2020/21 to 171 billion/- in the financial year 2022/ 23.

“This is the highest rate ever collected by the Authority,” he said.

He added that since 123 billion has already been collected in the first half of the 2023/24 financial year, revenue is expected to reach over 200 billion by the end of the financial year.

Speaking on the initiative to accelerate the voluntary resettlement of residents of the protected area to the villages of Msomera, Saunyi-Kilindi and Kitwai B-Simanjiro, Commissioner Kiiza said the government’s actions have strengthened public confidence in its ability to improve one’s own life and preserve the region for the greater good of the country.

He insisted that the NCA is a protected area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should be protected by all means.

He called on the media to provide accurate information to dispel unfounded rumors spread by those who do not have the best interests of the country at heart.

Commissioner Kiiza added that the NCAA, in collaboration with specialized anti-poaching bodies, has managed to contain cases of wildlife poaching within and beyond the Pololeti Forest Reserve, in Ngorongoro district, in the Arusha region.

“We have been able to control elephant poaching incidents from 25 incidents in 2020/21 to one incident in 2022/23,” he said.

The NCAA managed to increase the black rhino population by 25% between 2021 and 2023, Commissioner Kiiza said, attributing the feat to better protection measures put in place by the government.

Elaborating on the NCAA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), he said that as of February 29 this year, a total of 5,249 locals had received scholarships to attend different schools, universities and vocational training institutions.

Giving details, he indicated that 4,120 students are at secondary level, 804 are in vocational training and 325 students are attending universities.

Additionally, a total of 123 groups benefited from the beekeeping initiative in four districts: Ngorongoro 68, Karatu (29), Meatu (18) and eight in Monduli.