Unexplored Tourist Sites in Tanzania: Experience of Mbeya and Songwe Regions

Tonya, Emmanuel M. and Matilda, Lameck (2019) Unexplored Tourist Sites in Tanzania: Experience of Mbeya and Songwe Regions. International Conference on the Future of Tourism (ICFT). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2507-7872

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Abstract

Abstract The objectives of the paper are to inform the public about the tourist sites in Tanzania with a special focus in Mbeya and Songwe regions, and analysing the factors that hinder fully deployment of the available tourists’ sites in the regions. The methodology of this paper was an exploratory paper, where government officers and indigenous leaders visited and interviewed on what they know about tourist sites. An interview method was employed. The result of the study shows that Mbeya and Songwe regions of the southern highlands of Tanzania are rich of many tourist sites. However, the sites have not fully explored. The results also show that despite flimsy implementation, the tourism policy in Tanzania is outdated and holds the conflicting statement on the distinctive roles of local government and the central government in managing tourism activities. The paper recommends that since tourism is more ‘locally specific’, the role of local government should be well stated and acknowledged. The local government should prepare by-laws in line with the Tourism law and policy to support sector development. The paper concludes to the government to review the tourism policy to align with the current needs and address all the prevailing shortfalls. Keywords: Tourism; tourist sites; ritual ceremony

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Mr Mugisha Kafuma
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2020 12:59
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2020 12:59
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2385

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