The latest news from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania state that the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) who are the managers of the Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair (KTTF) which is held at least year have postponed the it date. KTTF is usually held from Arusha which is situated in the northern safari capital of Tanzania and this time it had been scheduled for the first week of June but will now be on June 8 so that it does not clash with the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings which will be starting on May 28th in the same city of Arusha and will be using the same facilities so said Mustafa Akuunay the Chief Executive Officer TATO.
According to Mustafa, there are about 3000 delegates that are expected to attend the AfDB meeting and almost the same exact figure is expecting to participate in the tourism fair and this something that has put Arusha under pressure to see up to it that they can find accommodation for all the participant since Arusha can no do it on its own. This is why the government of Tanzania had to ask KTTF organizing committee to postpone their fair so that the delegates who are attending the AFDB can get where to sleep while in the country. The Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair (KTTF) is recognized as the second largest show in Africa following the South African Indaba and it is also registered with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Ms. Grace Kimburu KTFF Manager is confident that the exhibitors will also eclipse the 250 last year’s records although there is an on going European economic crisis. About 300 exhibitors are expected to showcase their products to the visitors from various regions. Several participants are expected from Asian, European, and USA while those from Africa will include those from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, South Africa, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, DRC Congo, as well as the host country, Tanzania.
The KTTF’s first day will be exclusive for the travel trade, checking all the tourists attractions and the second day will for interact and the visitors will have time to meet and ask the exhibitors all the questions they feel like asking while the last day will be special for trade visitors and travel writers where there will be entertainment, sky diving, and business exchanges so said Ms Kimburu.
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