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Tanzania: Hope As Tourists Trickle to Zanzibar for Holiday

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Zanzibar’s tourist arrivals more than doubled last month to 12,157 visitors, heightening prospects of achieving at least half of the annual target of over 500,000 holiday makers.

Prior to the outbreak of the deadly Corona Virus in March, 2020, Zanzibar had projected to surpass her 2019 record tourist arrivals of 538,264.

Unveiling the visitor data for October 2020, Tourism Department Assistant Head in the Office of Chief Government Statistician Zanzibar, Raya Mohammed Mahfoudh said 12,157 tourists visited Zanzibar during the month, a 224 per cent rise from 5,422 visitors in September 2020. The latest monthly arrivals, which bring to 182,922 the total number of visitors for the past 10 months, however compares unfavorably with the 53,023 visitors in the corresponding period last year-October 2019.

Europe emerged the leading market for Zanzibar tourism, accounting for 73.5 per cent of all visitors, with the African continent becoming second with 12.4 per cent during the period under review.

The statistician identified France as the leading country whose nationals visit the isles, with 17.1 per cent of all visitors while Russia came second with 16.1 per cent. Majority of the visitors-10,172 or 83.7 per cent-arrived through air transport while the remaining 1,985 or 6.3 per cent came through water transport.

Most of the visitors in October, with 99.5 per cent of them coming for holiday, expected to stay for an average of seven days, Ms Mahfoudh said in her presentation.

The Indian Ocean’s autonomous archipelago received 6,200 male tourists, consisting 51 per cent of all arrivals, and 5,957 female visitors-49 per cent.