During the period of January to February 2023, the number of international visitors to Tanzania increased to 290,896 up from 195,483 visitors who arrived in the country during the corresponding period in 2022.
The increase was 95,413 visitors; equivalent to 48.8 percent.
On the other hand, the number of international visitors entered the country through Zanzibar were 114,169, equivalent to 39.2 of the total international visitors.
According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), “The ever-increasing growth in international visitors is attributed to: lifting lockdown by most countries, continued Government’s efforts to promote tourism attractions within and outside the country, including Tanzania the Royal Tour showcase,”
The purpose of international visitors came for leisure and holidays; visiting friends and relatives; business, and other purposes has been steadily increasing.
During the period under review, Tanzania continued to receive international visitors from Africa and outside Africa continent.
The top six source markets from outside Africa were France with the highest number of 25,837 visitors followed by Italy (18,556), Unites States of America (16,567), Germany (15,705), Poland (12,369) and United Kingdom (10,657).
Meanwhile, the top six source markets from Africa were Kenya (29,615), Burundi (16,832), Rwanda (7,627), Malawi (6,563), Uganda (6,511) and South Africa (5,196).
The top 15 source markets out of 212 recorded 189,005 visitors accounting for 65.0 percent share of total arrivals.
The majority of international visitors (263,934) to Tanzania came for leisure and holidays accounting for 90.7 percent; followed by those who came to visiting friends and relatives (16,307) accounting for 5.6 percent. Other purposes were visitors in transit to other countries were 6,035, accounting for 2.1 percent and business visitors were 3,418, accounting for 1.2 percent.