Tanzania: Kilwa Port Spices Tourism Boom

TANZANIA Ports Authority (TPA) has significantly improved service delivery at Kilwa Masoko Port, which has resulted in increased number of tourists in Southern Tanzania.

The refurbished port has been the boon of the southern economy after witnessing an influx of tourists recently, a feat which could be attributed to strategic and deliberate measures by the sixth phase government through the TPA to uplift the terminal.

Just in a space of two weeks, the port has hosted two tourist vessels, the Coral Geographer from Australia with 120 tourists on board and the Le Jacques – Cartier Ponant from France carrying 125 tourists, as the East African nation continues to enjoy a booming tourism sector.

Mtwara Port Manager, Nobert Kalembwe, speaking on behalf of the TPA Director General, said the Authority was proud of the milestone and vowed to continue working closely with other public and government institutions to ensure efficiency in service delivery.

“Our captain took charge of navigating the ships to and from the port and our facilities were used during the successful handling of the ships,” said Mr Kalembwe.

“The host of these events was the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources and TPA we’re a key stakeholder as we’re mandated with managing and operating the country’s ports,” he added.

Le Jacques – Cartier Ponant Captain C Dupuy hailed the support he received from TPA’s Captain, saying the experience and expertise of TPA staff made their mission a huge success and enabled the tourists to enjoy their time in Tanzania.