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Making success work for the poor - Package tourism in Northern Tanzania

Research reports

Written by Jodie Keane

This report assesses whether, and how much, international tourism is benefiting the poor in two of Tanzania’s premier tourism attractions – Mount Kilimanjaro and the Northern Safari Circuit. Tanzania’s strategy of maintaining a high-value tourist product and attracting large numbers of foreign tourists is working, as international package tourists climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and visiting the Northern Safari Circuit deliver significant benefits to the poor, and international comparisons suggest that poor Tanzanians are capturing a relatively large share of tourist spending. There are a series of simple and practical steps that could be taken to increase the pro-poor benefits of Mount Kilimanjaro climbing and Northern Safari Circuit package holidays however.

Jonathan Mitchell, Jodie Keane and Jenny Laidlaw