Serengeti AN American tycoon, Mr. Paul Tudor Jones, has agreed to spend millions to finance the construction of an international airport in Serengeti district, Mara Region. "Mr Jones has agreed and he has written to us a letter accepting to finance construction of the airport," Serengeti District Council Chairman, Mr John Ng'oina confirmed to this paper. Mr Ng'oina had assured a full council meeting here on Friday that the American investor has agreed to finance construction of the much awaited airport that will transform Mugumu town in Serengeti to a tourist hub. "We are now waiting completion of the master plan and the go ahead from the Ministry of Transport. After the construction, the airport will be handed over to Serengeti District Council", Mr Ng'oina said. He, however, did not disclose how much exactly the project will cost and what the tycoon intends to spend in implementing the same. Mawala Trust Fund of Arusha has also agreed to assist in supporting preparation of the master plan, according to him. Construction of the airport will enable thousands of foreign tourists visiting Serengeti National Park to fly direct to Mugumu and later use vehicles to enter the park which is blessed with beautiful fauna and flora. The project will play a significant role to boost revenues for the Serengeti District Council upon its completion, according to Serengeti officials. Mr Ng'oina challenged local investors, including Serengeti based business community, to start investing heavily on hospitality industry by setting up tourist lodges, among other things. "We need top class hotels that will meet the demand of expected tourists who will be landing in Mugumu and our farmers should also strive to produce high quality products," he added. Many families and a public primary school had been relocated to pave way for the construction of the airport at Kyambahi ward a few kilometres from Mugumu town. Compensation money was also paid by the US investor a few years ago.