DAR-ES-SALAAM,The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Chairman, Judge Thomas Mihayo, has called upon the public to exercise the highest hospitality especially now when the country is experiencing an increasing number of tourists.

He made the call here over the weekend when receiving the ROVOS Rail tourist train which arrived in the country from South Africa, partly by utilizing the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) line, the 1,860-kilometre railway which runs from Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia's Central Province to Dar-es-Salaam.

We have to show them Tanzanian hospitality as they enjoy their visit in a number of tourist attractions countrywide, said retired Judge Mihayo. We are now enjoying an increasing number of tourists; the public should show them Tanzanian hospitality so that when they go back to their home, they will be our good ambassadors and in so doing, many more will keep coming.

TTB Managing Director Devotha Mdachi said the company wished to use the Tazara as one of the means to promote tourism. The railway line is one of the best and it cuts through a number of tourist attractions/ We want to see how best we can involve Tazara to start promoting domestic tourism, she said.

She added that worldwide, railway line tourism had been gaining momentum, and TTB wanted to use it for domestic tourism promotion.

Tazara Head of Commercial for Tanzania Hemed Msangi said they usually received the tourist train, whereas ROVOS started its journey in South Africa on July 11 and arrived Saturday, after spending a night at Ifakara Station in Morogoro, about 200 kilometres southwest of here.

The train had almost 60 tourists who are heading to various destinations in the country for attractions of their choice, but they will fly back to their respective areas, and on Tuesday, those who flew in, will be leaving by train," said Msangi .

The train's doctor in charge, Hester Wannenburg, said it was one of the best trips. The passengers had a good time and everything was well arranged as they travelled through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and finally Tanzania.