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H.E. DR. JAKAYA MRISHO KIKWETE, PRESIDENT, THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, ANNOUNCES NEW TOURISM BRAND CAMPAIGN: Tanzania, The Soul of Africa

NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President, The United Republic of Tanzania, announced the launch of Tanzania Tourism's new brand campaign, Tanzania, The Soul of Africa. This 30-second TV campaign will be launched globally on CNN America as well as BBC International beginning this October and will run for six months. The announcement was made at the Kilimanjaro Hyatt Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
At the same time, President Kikwete also announced a new online Destination Tanzania portal and APP(now available on Play Store) developed by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), which will support Tanzanian tourism firms, increase visibility and access to international tourism markets, increase company sales and profitability as well as contribute to poverty alleviation and the national economy of Tanzania. President Kikwete urged Tanzanian tour operators to make use of the portal and APP, stating that these tools would play a significant role in developing and promoting Tanzania's tourism industry and become unique platforms to attract international and regional tourism to Tanzania.

President Kikwete commended the Tanzania Tourist Board and tourism stakeholders for this major campaign initiative, which will continue to position Tanzania as one of Africa's leading tourist destinations. "I am very impressed by the Tanzania Tourist Board's initiative. We need to apply these new approaches in order to effectively compete with other destinations around the world," said President Kikwete. His Excellency further stated that the tourism industry accounts for about 17.2% of the Tanzania GDP and nearly 25% of the total export earnings. The President also emphasized the enormous economic importance of tourism, especially as an "engine of employment" which directly supports an estimated number of 250,000 jobs. The tourism industry is also one of the largest employers in Tanzania and the primary foreign exchange contributor to the economy.

The new Tanzania Tourist Board portal is: http://tanzaniatourism.com/

ABOUT TANZANIA





Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism, with approximately 28% of the land protected by the Government, the largest percentage of any country in the world. Tanzania was named by The New York Times as one of the "52 Places to Go In 2015" and "Best Places To Travel In 2015" by Travel + Leisure. It boasts 16 National Parks and 31 game reserves, 50 Game Controlled Areas, one special Conservation Area (the Ngorongoro) and three Marine Parks. It is home to the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro; The Serengeti, home to the "Great Animal Migration"; the world acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the "Eden of Africa" and the "8th Wonder of the World"; Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind: the Selous, the world's largest game reserve; Ruaha, now the second largest National Park in Africa and also featured on Afar Magazine's "2015 Where to Go" list; the spice islands of Zanzibar; and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most important for visitors, the Tanzanian people, with a rich history and diverse blend of cultures, are warm and friendly. Tanzania, an oasis of peace and stability with a democratically elected and stable government, will celebrate its 54th Anniversary of Independence on December 9th, 2015. For more information on Tanzania, visit http://www.tanzania.go.tz/

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Photo 1:
H. E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete,
President, The United Republic of Tanzania

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Tanzania Tourist Board launches new brand campaign: Tanzania, The Soul of Africa

TTB USA Editorial contact:
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The Bradford Group
212-447-0027/ Tanzania@bradfordglobalmarketing.com

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CONTACT: Karen Hoffman/Lindsay Cortiana The Bradford Group (212) 447-0027/ Tanzania@bradfordglobalmarketing.comSource: Tanzania Tourist Board