A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM AWOTTA CHAIRWOMAN ON WORLD TOURISM DAY 2017
As our beloved country Tanzania once again takes the industrialization path, we as Women in Tourism Tanzania on this World Tourism Day 2017 look at sustainable tourism. The year 2017 has been designated the international year of sustainable tourism. For this reason we stop and contemplate on what is in all this for us and for our country.
The search for sustainable development continues to advocate for creating balance between development (especially population growth, technology and consumption patterns ) and its impact on the environment. Obviously there are challenges facing the future of sustainable tourism including: the continued poor use of land practices (e.g.deforestation); poaching of elephants and rhinos; growing industrial waste seeping into important water resources (e.g.Lake Victoria); carbon emissions; and increased natural disasters. These all add to the burden on women increasing their vulnerability, poverty and continued lack of resources.
However, industrialization has a positive side too, including larger economic growth resulting in the creation of more jobs and increased income. Women need to be continuously empowered to grab the opportunities that will avail, and encourage the larger masses of women in Tanzania to join the growing value and supply chains of tourism. We realize tourism is one sector that has many opportunities for participation of women entrepreneurs in accommodation, restaurants, ticketing, crafts and heritage preservation. Industrialised Tanzania will help in improving sectors (such as traditional crafts), and avail markets as a result of accompanying improvement in infrastructure and transportation; availability of clean water, rural electrification and expansion of business development services.
We at AWOTTA celebrate World Tourism Day 2017 after celebrating our 6th year of existence. We have designed a project that allows us to take a great leap forward in establishing a powerful and sustainable organisation, to achieve not only the objectives of our members but that of the Government of Tanzania i.e. to inspire, educate and support women across Tanzania to achieve economic independence, contribute to our nations industrial growth and drive responsible environmental practises through the tourism sector.
HAPPY WORLD TOURISM DAY TO YOU ALL!