Zanzibar — ZANZIBAR: THE Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT) is hosting the first “Zanzibar International Tourism Investment and Travel Exhibition (ZTITE)” themed “Greener Zanzibar”.
The Executive Director of ZCT, Ms Hafsa Mbamba, said her office is working in partnership with the Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (ZIPA) and the Department of Museums and Antiquities of the Ministry of Tourism and Heritage to organize the ZTITE .
She explained that the aim is to bring together tourism professionals and stakeholders, tourism investors, environmental advocates and like-minded stakeholders from the public and private sectors in an environment conducive to trade and discussing sustainable tourism practices, current movements and knowledge sharing.
“The ZTITE-2024 will serve as a platform to showcase the Zanzibar tourism sector’s expected sustainable tourism vision and investment climate, as well as business networking opportunities and solutions to existing challenges in the tourism ecosystem ” said Ms. Hafsa.
She said ZTITE would begin from February 17 to 20 next year and that it aligns with the “Zanzibar Declaration on Sustainable Tourism”, an informal statement of intent and rallying cry for Zanzibar’s tourism industry is making real progress towards sustainability, in support of people, planet and prosperity.
Hafsa said: “The Zanzibar Declaration recognizes and contributes to global actions on sustainable tourism adopted by international institutions and world leaders; this includes the One Planet Network’s Glasgow Declaration: Climate Action in Tourism with which this declaration is aligned, and many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Principles. Goals.”
The executive directors highlighted that next year’s summit also aims to promote investment in sustainable tourism projects in Zanzibar and align with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which emphasize protection and sustainable management of 30 percent of the country’s land and sea. world by 2030.
She noted that the meeting is an important step towards the realization and implementation of Vision 2050 in the tourism sector, which is based on ensuring that the Tourism Commission coordinates and manages to ensure that Zanzibar tourism is sustainable and protected from the environment.
The ZCT Executive Director mentioned the main topics of discussion at the summit as “sustainable food and waste management in the tourism sector”; “biodiversity and environmental protection”; “cultural protection and promotion”; and “reducing the use of fossil fuels in tourism”.
“We chose these topics because, internationally, tourism appears to contribute a lot to pollution, biodiversity loss and environmental changes due to greenhouse gas emissions,” she said.
She said that in 2019, tourism was considered the second fastest growing sector in the world, accounting for an average of eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Ms Hafsa said Zanzibar was doing what it could to promote tourism as a major economic sector contributing 30 percent to GDP and employing over 35,000 people directly in the sector.