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Damas Ndumbaro, Tanzania Minister for Tourism, and ajib Balala, Kenya's Tourism Minister, have met in northern Tanzania’s tourist city, Arusha, to tee off the launching of Golf Tourism in East Africa and agreed to introduce and promote Golf Tourism to encourage sports tourists to spend their days in the region.

By Apolinari Tairo
Published October 16, 2021

Flags of East African Community Partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and UgandaTanzania and Kenya, the two leading safari destinations in East Africa, have just launched Golf Tourism as regional tourism sports event to attract new types of sports-oriented leisure travelers from the East African Community (EAC) region and other parts of the world.

Damas Ndumbaro, Tanzania Minister for Tourism, and ajib Balala, Kenya’s Tourism Minister, have met in northern Tanzania’s tourist city, Arusha, to tee off the launching of Golf Tourism in East Africa and agreed to introduce and promote Golf Tourism to encourage sports tourists to spend their days in the region.

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Special packages for sports tourism will be arranged to suit international golfers visiting Tanzania. The Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) President, Chris Martin, says Tanzania needs to establish golf courses to attract international players and tourists.

Some 140 golf players from 13 countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, England, China, Kenya, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, and hosts Tanzania teed off the First Kili Golf Tourism event.

Though golf is one of the sports that attracts a large number of tourists and has been generating more than US$20 billion per year globally, sports tourism has not been part of travel campaigns in Tanzania, and the launching of Golf Tourism would attract more spending where tourists would add more days of stay in Tanzania to enjoy golf teeing.

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Targeting to market the East African region as a single tourist destination, tourism ministers and regional protocol officials from the 6 member states have agreed to establish the annual EAC Regional Tourism Expo (EARTE) with the aim of improving the visibility of the region and marketing it as a single tourist destination.

The exhibition attracts participants from member countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan to showcase their tourist attractions under an umbrella of regional integration in tourism.

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