High Commissioner of the Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Stephen Simbachawene [right] and Consulate, Athman Haji [centre] with One World Adventures travel advisor for the coastal region, Charlotte Mwakidimi during the inspection of the new consulate in Kizingo in Mombasa on June 6, 2021.[Omondi Onyango, Standard]
The Tanzanian High Commissioner for Kenya, Dr. John Simbachawene has moved to a new consulate office in Kizingo, Mombasa County.
The envoy, who advocates faster integration of tourism activities in Kenya and Tanzania in order to boost cross-border trade, said closer working relationships should be forged between the two states.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently visited Kenya and a number of agreements were signed aimed at strengthening closer working ties in the areas of trade and economy.
“Tourism is still high on the agenda as the two nations have a lot in common, including tourist attractions, a border and the Indian Ocean,” said Simbachawene.
During the tour of the new offices he was accompanied by Mombasa’s Consul General Athman Haji.
Dr. Simbachawene said he had hired Kenyan tourism authorities and, in particular, worked closely with the Kenya Association of Travel Agents and the East African Tourism Council to streamline procedures to ensure a smooth workflow.
He noted that a high-level meeting will be held in the port of Dar es Salaam later this month, bringing together tourism stakeholders from both nations.
“This meeting is expected to provide a way forward for real-time engagement in tourism as the region seeks to tap into the hospitality industry at a time when the world is grappling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Simbachawene.
Problems that Kenyan tourism actors would like to solve include handing over tourists at the border, issuing work permits for tour drivers, reducing vehicle crossing costs and restricting access points to Tanzania. Simbachawen also welcomed the decision by the Kenyan One World Adventures Limited to open offices in Tanzania.
The company’s advisor Charlotte Mwakidimi said they would finalize plans for offices in Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
“We are expanding into Tanzania to explore the immense potential of cross-border tourism. We also want to use the friendly bilateral relations between Kenya and Tanzania, ”said Mwakidimi.
Simbachawen alluded to the fact that Kenya’s landscape was a mixture of sandy beaches on the coast, highlands in the center and fertile plains in the west. The country’s seasons are divided into wet and dry seasons, with the rainy season running from April to June and the dry season from December to March.
There is also a mini rainy season for a few weeks in November and December and a mini dry season from July to October. The average temperature in Kenya is between 20 ° C and 28 ° C.
“Tanzania has the same similarities but occupies a much larger land mass. We have the coast to the east, plains and plateaus to the west, and highlands to the north and south. The existing weather patterns in Tanzania are very similar to those in Kenya, ”he said.