Kenya wins as Tanzania imposes taxes on tour operations


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During the West African ebola epidemic, which peaked in 2014, legions of travellers, spooked by the disease’s potential spread, cancelled holidays, particularly to East Africa, even though that popular safari region was far removed from the continent’s affected countries.

The safari industry has had to fight hard to re-establish consumer confidence but a swag of new lodges, major refurbishments and revitalised products, such as walking safaris and cruises on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, indicate that bookings are on the rise.

Just when a return to financially healthy times appears imminent, key safari destination Tanzania is suffering due to rising costs for tourists. Billing itself as the largest online marketplace for African safari tours, Safaribookings.com claims the introduction 15 months ago of an 18 per cent value-added tax on previously exempt tourism services has caused operators in Tanzania to lose business. The VAT applies to ground transport and fees for guiding, camping and national park entry.

Jeroen Beekwilder of Safaribookings.com says “during the same period, Kenyan operators received a significant increase in booking requests” and there is an expectation of long-term problems for Tanzania’s wildlife tourism industry as visitors seek cheaper experiences.

Kenya Association of Tour Operators chief executive Fred Kaigua says the VAT impost in Tanzania is just one factor helping his nation’s tourism resurgence, citing other elements such as improved security in the wake of terrorist bombings in Nairobi, a government-led tourism recovery strategy, and the waiving of VAT on tours in Kenya.

Julie McIntosh, founder and director of Sydney-based Classic Safari Company, says: “Our business has seen a big rise in Africa generally and we are still sending a steady stream of clients to Tanzania. The average person would not be aware of any price increases as requests are usually a one-off (but) Tanzania is pricey because of the logistics involved in getting around, such as charter flights, and park and conservation fees make it more costly than Kenya, which offers great value and arguably more cultural diversity.”

Abercrombie & Kent Africa product manager John Saporito says: “Our safari bookings to Tanzania have remained strong and stable but there has been a noticeable increase in business to Kenya, which I attribute in part to the Tanzania VAT hike, but also the greater level of political stability (in Kenya). Despite what was predicted to be a disaster for the safari industry, so far the rise in Tanzania’s VAT has not had a significant effect on luxury safari operators.”

Perth-based Trevor Fernandes of Nairobi-headquartered family business Wildlife Safari is sceptical of the bleak findings of Safaribookings.com. He says his company’s Tanzania sales are up and there’s no diminishing of interest in visiting its headline attractions, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Other specialist operators point out the inextricable links between Tanzania and Kenya for tourists during the annual great migration when millions of wildebeest, accompanied by other herd species, move across national borders between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti National Park.

Also potentially affecting Tanzania’s tourism revenue, Beekwilder reports that operators in Uganda are citing an increase of more than 16 per cent in booking requests. But the industry widely believes this rise correlates with the decision last May by the Development Board of neighbour Rwanda to raise the cost of a “Gorilla Permit” from $US750 ($972) to $US1500 a person.

Aimed at boosting funds to sustain and strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more funds to communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, the impost in Rwanda has been a boon for rival trekking operators in Uganda, which offers comparable permits in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks from $US450 to $US600 a person, depending on the season.

Intrepid Travel, as one example, will switch from Rwanda to Uganda for its gorilla experiences next year. Others are sure to follow suit as savvy tourists do their sums and seek the best-value African destinations.
 
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The key players in the tourism sector have said it all in this report. I think the people concerned led by the newly appointed minister will act towards it.
 
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Tanzania hatu advocate mass tourism sisi ni sustainable conservation and tourism. Ndiyo maana kuingia ngorongoro crater ni USD 295 tunahitaji wachache wenye pesa. So hizo nyingine ni siasa tu masai mara hotel zimejaa after ten years wageni watakuwa wanakuja Tanzania sababu huko wanyama watakuwa hawaendi tena na bulogonja hatufungui mpaka waje Tanzania tu.
 
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During the West African ebola epidemic, which peaked in 2014, legions of travellers, spooked by the disease’s potential spread, cancelled holidays, particularly to East Africa, even though that popular safari region was far removed from the continent’s affected countries.

The safari industry has had to fight hard to re-establish consumer confidence but a swag of new lodges, major refurbishments and revitalised products, such as walking safaris and cruises on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, indicate that bookings are on the rise.

Just when a return to financially healthy times appears imminent, key safari destination Tanzania is suffering due to rising costs for tourists. Billing itself as the largest online marketplace for African safari tours, Safaribookings.com claims the introduction 15 months ago of an 18 per cent value-added tax on previously exempt tourism services has caused operators in Tanzania to lose business. The VAT applies to ground transport and fees for guiding, camping and national park entry.

Jeroen Beekwilder of Safaribookings.com says “during the same period, Kenyan operators received a significant increase in booking requests” and there is an expectation of long-term problems for Tanzania’s wildlife tourism industry as visitors seek cheaper experiences.

Kenya Association of Tour Operators chief executive Fred Kaigua says the VAT impost in Tanzania is just one factor helping his nation’s tourism resurgence, citing other elements such as improved security in the wake of terrorist bombings in Nairobi, a government-led tourism recovery strategy, and the waiving of VAT on tours in Kenya.

Julie McIntosh, founder and director of Sydney-based Classic Safari Company, says: “Our business has seen a big rise in Africa generally and we are still sending a steady stream of clients to Tanzania. The average person would not be aware of any price increases as requests are usually a one-off (but) Tanzania is pricey because of the logistics involved in getting around, such as charter flights, and park and conservation fees make it more costly than Kenya, which offers great value and arguably more cultural diversity.”

Abercrombie & Kent Africa product manager John Saporito says: “Our safari bookings to Tanzania have remained strong and stable but there has been a noticeable increase in business to Kenya, which I attribute in part to the Tanzania VAT hike, but also the greater level of political stability (in Kenya). Despite what was predicted to be a disaster for the safari industry, so far the rise in Tanzania’s VAT has not had a significant effect on luxury safari operators.”

Perth-based Trevor Fernandes of Nairobi-headquartered family business Wildlife Safari is sceptical of the bleak findings of Safaribookings.com. He says his company’s Tanzania sales are up and there’s no diminishing of interest in visiting its headline attractions, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Other specialist operators point out the inextricable links between Tanzania and Kenya for tourists during the annual great migration when millions of wildebeest, accompanied by other herd species, move across national borders between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti National Park.

Also potentially affecting Tanzania’s tourism revenue, Beekwilder reports that operators in Uganda are citing an increase of more than 16 per cent in booking requests. But the industry widely believes this rise correlates with the decision last May by the Development Board of neighbour Rwanda to raise the cost of a “Gorilla Permit” from $US750 ($972) to $US1500 a person.

Aimed at boosting funds to sustain and strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more funds to communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, the impost in Rwanda has been a boon for rival trekking operators in Uganda, which offers comparable permits in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks from $US450 to $US600 a person, depending on the season.

Intrepid Travel, as one example, will switch from Rwanda to Uganda for its gorilla experiences next year. Others are sure to follow suit as savvy tourists do their sums and seek the best-value African destinations.
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Tanzania hatu advocate mass tourism sisi ni sustainable conservation and tourism. Ndiyo maana kuingia ngorongoro crater ni USD 295 tunahitaji wachache wenye pesa. So hizo nyingine ni siasa tu masai mara hotel zimejaa after ten years wageni watakuwa wanakuja Tanzania sababu huko wanyama watakuwa hawaendi tena na bulogonja hatufungui mpaka waje Tanzania tu.
Ndugu, umekariri Mass Tourism tu, hujui maana yake wala application, Wewe ni Mjinga kama Maghembe tu

First of all, What is Carrying capacity,,,,unajua maana..reply and tell people here

Okay, Serikali inasema utalii unakuwa kwa asilimia 10, je Serikali inachochea Mass Tourism?

TTB wanaenda kufanya marketing, je inataka watalii waje wengi sana? Mass Tourism?

Infact wewe hujui kuhusu Conservation wala Tourism...

Umekuja kuandika tu uharo kupotosha watu hapa wasiokujua
 
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What does it Mean when you say spending capacity of a Tourist or Holiday Goer?

Let say, Tourist has a budget of 10,000 US $ Total for his vacation

Plan is A - 4000 for flight tickets, 4000 for safari package and 2000 for gifts and tips

This means 4000 Plus 2000 Money goes to economy of that country which tourist chooses to Go

Country A (Kenya or Zambia) - Safari package is 4000 $

Country B (Tanzania or Rwanda)- Safari package is 5000 $

Tourist will go country A, so that his 2000 spending money will not be disturbed

This country will benefit with 4000 safari and 2000 which buys gifts like curio and gives tips, stimulates economy

Unavyoongelea watalii, Faida kuu ni Serikali kupata Park entry fee, Tax and revenue from Hotels

Other benefits are increase employment, Agriculture farm market kama mboga mboga na nafaka kuuzwa, market of Curio and handcraft

More economic benefit to people and hence stimulate economy

But When Government fee are added extra Tax, it chases away tourists and hence affordable country chosen

[HASHTAG]#Bora[/HASHTAG] Kenya waendelee kupigana ili Watalii waje Tanzania...
 
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Ndugu, umekariri Mass Tourism tu, hujui maana yake wala application, Wewe ni Mjinga kama Maghembe tu

First of all, What is Carrying capacity,,,,unajua maana..reply and tell people here

Okay, Serikali inasema utalii unakuwa kwa asilimia 10, je Serikali inachochea Mass Tourism?

TTB wanaenda kufanya marketing, je inataka watalii waje wengi sana? Mass Tourism?

Infact wewe hujui kuhusu Conservation wala Tourism...

Umekuja kuandika tu uharo kupotosha watu hapa wasiokujua
Haha mzee mie niko kwenye hii industry long time carrying capacity hata mwanafunzi wa wildlife sua au udsm anakupa jibu. Subilia uone kama vat itaondelewa kwenye utalii. Kwa information tu ngorongoro mpaka now wana corrections two times kabla ya vat so vat imefanya mapato kuongezeka mara dufu so don't panic
 
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What does it Mean when you say spending capacity of a Tourist or Holiday Goer?

Let say, Tourist has a budget of 10,000 US $ Total for his vacation

Plan is A - 4000 for flight tickets, 4000 for safari package and 2000 for gifts and tips

This means 4000 Plus 2000 Money goes to economy of that country which tourist chooses to Go

Country A (Kenya or Zambia) - Safari package is 4000 $

Country B (Tanzania or Rwanda)- Safari package is 5000 $

Tourist will go country A, so that his 2000 spending money will not be disturbed

This country will benefit with 4000 safari and 2000 which buys gifts like curio and gives tips, stimulates economy

Unavyoongelea watalii, Faida kuu ni Serikali kupata Park entry fee, Tax and revenue from Hotels

Other benefits are increase employment, Agriculture farm market kama mboga mboga na nafaka kuuzwa, market of Curio and handcraft

More economic benefit to people and hence stimulate economy

But When Government fee are added extra Tax, it chases away tourists and hence affordable country chosen

[HASHTAG]#Bora[/HASHTAG] Kenya waendelee kupigana ili Watalii waje Tanzania...
Hiyo ni direct translation kwamba watalii wengi wana spend more kwenye utalii kwa hiyo trickle down effects inakuwa kubwa? Kama purchasing power yao ni ndogo hilo linawezekana lisiwepo.Kumbuka Sasakwa Lodge anachaji Mtalii kuna rooms za usd 18000 per day per head ni kila siku iko full.
 
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Haha mzee mie niko kwenye hii industry long time carrying capacity hata mwanafunzi wa wildlife sua au udsm anakupa jibu. Subilia uone kama vat itaondelewa kwenye utalii. Kwa information tu ngorongoro mpaka now wana corrections two times kabla ya vat so vat imefanya mapato kuongezeka mara dufu so don't panic
Sasa wewe unajua nini, kama huwezi kujibu what is Carrying capacity, Wewe unamngoja Mwanafunzi wa SUA au UD ajibu?

Unaleta ubishi kumbe hujui, umekariri tu yaliyosemwa na Maghembe, huna hoja yako kichwani.

Jifunzi kutafakari na kutoa hoja kwa utashi wako

VAT inaondolewa, it is a matter of time,

Bandarini VAT iliwekwa, baada ya miezi 6 wakaondoa haraka
 
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Tour Operators and Hotels wamempongeza Raisi kwa Kumwondoa Maghembe,

Sasa Utalii umepata waziri anaejua kuwa utalii ni biashara and it is export product

Mkutano wa wadau wa Utalii walimpokea Kigwangala kwa mikono miwili na walifurahia kauli na miongozo yako
 
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Hiyo ni direct translation kwamba watalii wengi wana spend more kwenye utalii kwa hiyo trickle down effects inakuwa kubwa? Kama purchasing power yao ni ndogo hilo linawezekana lisiwepo.Kumbuka Sasakwa Lodge anachaji Mtalii kuna rooms za usd 18000 per day per head ni kila siku iko full.
Wewe na Maghembe---Tunataka watalii matajiri, watakao lala Sasakwa tu....hii nayo hoja?

Eti uko kwenye utalii, au labda ni askari umeajiriwa nini?

Askari anajua utalii sasa?

What is Travel package? jibu basi
 
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Tour Operators and Hotels wamempongeza Raisi kwa Kumwondoa Maghembe,

Sasa Utalii umepata waziri anaejua kuwa utalii ni biashara and it is export product

Mkutano wa wadau wa Utalii walimpokea Kigwangala kwa mikono miwili na walifurahia kauli na miongozo yako
Kwa taarifa yako mikutano yote nilikuwa nipo pale hazina dodoma na jumamosi hapa arusha.
 
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Waziri Jafo alisema, Graduate alioenda serikalini anakuwa kilaza tofauti na aliyoenda private sector
Nyie ni bongo lala, spoon feeding, mna guarantee mwisho wa mwezi mshahara upo

kwa hiyo ndio unangoja mtu wa SUA au UD aje kujibu what is Carring Capacity

And What is Travel Package?

Maana umesema unajua tourism
 
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Enhe, ukiwa kwenye mkutano ndio ukafanyaje?
Nimekwambia mie niko kwenye industry hii ya utalii long time so nilialikwa. Poa nashukuru sana kwa mawazo yako. Enough is enough
 
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Ndio, uko kwenye utalii muda mrefu, ila una nipa mashaka kuhusu kujibu hoja na hata maswali mepesi.

Tuanzie pale juu, unaposema Tanzania haitaki watalii waongezeka kwa maana ya kuharibu nature kama masai Mara..

Hapo unapingana na ilani ya chama cha Mapinduzi ibara ya tatu kuhusu mali asili kuongeza mapato

Ina maana TTB ni wajinga wanavyoenda kutangaza utalii na World travel fair, ili nini sasa?

Pili, Unafananisha Masai mara na Serengeti kivipi sasa? zina ukubwa sawa?

Ndio maana nikakuuliza what is Carrying capacity, ukasema unangoja mtu wa SUA au UD aje kujibu

Enough is Enough Bwana....Usiku mwema Mtanzania.
 

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