Sh176 billion confirmed of Arusha Annual earnings for Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area during the Fiscal Year ending June 2023
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- “This is the highest number of visitors since NCA was established Conservation Commissioner, Freddy Manongi. He told journalists that the number of foreign tourists visiting the site has lately been on a steep rise.
“During the 2022/23 financial year ending June 2023, we received 752,215 foreign tourists,” he let out.
The tourists built up the economy a hefty Sh176.14 “because this was the highest number of tourists ever recorded.”
Dr. Manongi alluded that the revenue for the 2023/24 fiscal year may exceed that of 2022/23 given the expected ta huge increase in visitors. Between July 1st, 2023, and the third week of September, a total of 307,376 foreign and local visitors entered the NCAA.
The final group of visitors who were at the NCA to sample various tourism insights earned the conservation agency Sh70.4 billion.
The NCAA boss touted the administration for the aid rendered, particularly through fierce marketing of the nation’s rich tourist attractions.
The commendations went to President Samia Suluhu Hassan for deliberate criteria seized to market Tanzania through the Tanzania Royal Tour film, amongst others.
The 8, Tanzania-kilometre conservation area is in the league of the spectacular Serengeti National Park and Mt. Kilimanjaro as the country’s leading tourism hotspots. The information of a record number of visitors and revenue came shortly after the NCAA announced plans to open two more entry gates. New entry gates will be unfurled in Engaruka on the Northeastern intersection of the Ngorongoro and at Lake Eyasi entry to the southwest.
Construction of the Eyasi gate site is virtually finished, while the one at Engaruka will be finalized southwest next financial year.
“We have already installed electronic systems (at Eyasi) for collecting revenue”, Elibariki Bajuta, Deputy Conservation Commissioner noted.
NCA currently has one main entry gate on its boundary with Karatu district on the Arusha-Karatu-Ngorongoro highway. The gate is often overwrought with the long lines of vehicles toiling to get into the conservation area, prepaid its main attraction, the crater.
Bajuta told the two entry gates will be opened to enhance-services for the surging population of the area. The gate at Engaruka will be found near the abandoned neglects to bear the same, which has baffled visitors for years.
Engaruka is considered one of the most important Iron Age archaeological sites in Tanzania and is already registered as one of the national historical sites.
Main attractions in the vicinity include the Empakaai and Olmoti craters and Lolmalasin, the third highest peak in Tanzania after Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru.
Also, the Eyasi Gate has its alcove. It will relate the NCA with the land of the Hadzabe, one of the last remaining Stone Age cultures in Africa.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent