We are glad to inform you that in the course of creating good Business Environment for its members,TATO Council triggered by VAT proposal on the 2013/4 Budget resolved to meet Members of Parliament and give seminars on Tourism sector specifically on peculiarity of the Tourism Sector.

This was intended for Budgetary Committee and that of Land, Environment and Natural Resources so that Honorable MPs will be making informed decision on peculiarity of the Tourism sector.

Successfully on 10th and 11th October 2013, TATO Council conducted seminar in Dar es Salaam to The Members of Parliament from the two Committee on GENERAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT FOR TOURISM SECTOR IN TANZANIA (STRESS ON TAXES AND BOTTLENECKS TOUR OPERATORS FACE ON DAILY BASIS), the second presentation was THE TOURISM BUSINESS- HOW IT IS DONE (STRESS ON INTERNATIONAL AGENCY DEALINGS, CONTRACTS, GROUND OPERATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETING.

TATO delegation finalized by requesting Three things:

  1. Tourism Business to be recognized as an EXPORT SECTOR (Automatically VAT Exempt).
  2. The Government organs overseeing Tourism Sector to work in cognition of Private sector Role in the sector (specifically TATO and its members)
  3. To attract more international airlines to Tanzania (By reviewing the competitiveness of our landing and handling fees in comparison to our regional competitors)
  4. Creating conducive and favorable Business environment for flourishment of tourism in Tanzania.

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