Tanzania tourism hit hard

Tourism stands the leading economic sector in Tanzania, but it has been hit hard by multiple taxes imposed on tourist services through the annual budget tabled to the Tanzanian parliament on Wednesday of this week.

The unfriendly tourist budget that was set for implementation from July of this year, to end in June of next year, has not identified tourism among the key priority sectors that would speed up the Tanzanian economy, hence poverty reduction among the Tanzanian people.

In his budget speech that was televised live across Tanzania on Wednesday, Tanzania’s Finance Minister, Dr. Phillip Mpango, imposed a value added tax (VAT) on tourism services, including supplies of tourist guiding, game driving, water safaris, animal and bird watching, park fees, and ground transport services.

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Source: eTN