Zanzibar Island, Tanzania in 4th Week of Electrical Power Blackout and Ready For the High Season
ZANZIBAR READY FOR THE HIGH SEASON
In the last few weeks, there has been many speculations in regard to the current power issues and the preparation for Zanzibar businesses towards high season. To this factor, people engage in hotels, beach resorts, restaurants, tour and transport operators will carry on business as usual and are ready to receive, meet and deliver the needs of an international traveler.
The Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (Z.A.T.I) is non-governmental, non-religious, and non-political organization. The Tourism industry is, at present, the most important sector of the Zanzibar economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings, and has many direct and indirect economic linkages throughout Zanzibar society.
The association has been established to represent the interests of all tourism investors in Zanzibar. The Association is very important in creating and implementing the Public and Private Sector Partnership in order to succeed in the common goals of Zanzibar being a favorable tourist destination.
According to the Chairman of Z.A.T..I, Mr Simai Mohammed Said, the weather now in Zanzibar is perfect and warm, the dhow continues to sail, sunsets remain to be magical, the water is clear and top for diving and snorkeling, spices and fruits are plenty with the combination of the unique culture and Zanzibar hospitality a tourist is most likely will not notice the difference.
Many of the hotels and resorts have always had back power system such generators and solar. The only affect that the current power issues has had on the industry is the rising of fuel prices in the global market which has affected many tourist destination in terms of pricing and marketing around the world.
Zanzibar is now one of the leading tourist destination in the Indian Ocean islands, Zanzibar’s lasting mystique has attracted travelers from around the world for centuries. From its early days as a Swahili port, Zanzibar has done a thriving business in the cargo of the day.
In generations long past, ivory, slaves and spices were transported on large wooden sailing dhows across the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond. Although spices remain a main export, these days Zanzibar’s main attraction is the beauty of the island itself.
Zanzibar’s history stretches back to when the first dhows from Arabia and India discovered its natural harbor. Using the island as a stopover point for caravans that journeyed deep into the African interior, permanent settlement soon created the beginnings of what became Stone Town.
Merchants from Oman, Gujarat and around the Indian Ocean moved their families from across the ocean to start a life in Zanzibar, some amassing great fortunes and building the high stone houses so indicative of Stone Town today.
Although Swahili civilization in the area of Kilwa Kisiwani further south peaked in the 14th century, Zanzibar’s prosperity came much later, with the arrival of the Omani sultans in the 18th century. Living and ruling from Stone Town, the sultans presided over the slave and ivory trade, planting vast spice plantations that survive to this day.