TANZANIA Tourist Board (TTB) and Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) have signed a one-year renewable Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint venture promotional initiatives of Tanzania and Mauritius tourism destinations particularly in USA, Australia, China, India and other tourists source market in Europe.

The Managing Director of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Devota Mdachi and her counterpart of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Kevin Ramkaloan, signed the deal in the Mauritius pavilion at Messe Berlin in the ongoing ITB event. The main expected outcome of the MoU is to attract more visitors to both countries.

Speaking during the signing ceremony of the agreement, Mdachi said that the two organisations have categorically agreed to join efforts in promoting their countries as the twin destination for the mutual benefits of their both respective countries by creating a conducive environment for tourists visiting Mauritius for beach holiday to also visit Tanzania for wildlife and adventure safaris.

"Our commitment is to promote Tanzania and Mauritius as a twin tourist destination so that tourists visiting Mauritius can as well visit Tanzania to experience other unique attractions available in the country such as varieties of wildlife in National Parks, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, to mention but few on top of the beaches they have enjoyed while in Mauritius," noted Mdachi.

Commenting on the same, Ramkaloan pointed out that the Authority was very much pleased to partner with TTB, since it has been their longtime outstanding intention to forge such a relationship due to the fact that the tourists visiting Mauritius wish to visit other exciting sites for their life history.

She said they as a result believed Tanzania was the right destination for tourists to definitely experience maximum enjoyment. "It is obvious that Tanzania is the only country in Africa endowed with exclusive and spectacular tourist attractions where one could really enjoy and become more excited.

Air Mauritius which is a Mauritius National Carrier is also part of the signed agreement as a partner airline of Mauritius Tourism Authority. The signing ceremony of MoU was graced by the TTB Chairman, Judge (rtd) Thomas Mihayo, head of sales department of Condor in Germany, Andre Horn and Senior Commercial Manager of Air Mauritius, Dons Kay.