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The Association of Women in Tourism Tanzania

LATEST NEWS!

AWOTTA INVITES EXHIBITORS, SPONSORS & DONORS TO PARTICIPATE IN UWANDAE EXPO 2020!

Tanzania’s Premier Domestic Tourism Event

6th-8th February 2020

The National Museum, Dar es Salaam

Theme: ‘Recognise the value of Domestic Tourism’

BOOKING DEADLINE: 31st OCTOBER 2019!

COUNTDOWN TO UWANDAE EXPO2020!

TANZANIA’S PREMIER DOMESTIC TOURISM EVENT

Dar es Salaam, 6th to 8th FEBRUARY 2020

Lead Organiser: AWOTTA

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AWOTTA’s VOICE IS HEARD AT THE TPSF AGM

SEPTEMBER 2019

Mary Kalikawe (Chairperson AWOTTA) was honoured to be invited to attend the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) 2019 AGM to talk as a panelist on the theme of “How to elevate the voice of women in business?”. Mary called upon over 30 years of wisdom and experience in working within the tourism industry, and also that of AWOTTA members who she proudly represents.

The guest speaker at the AGM was Hon. Angela Kairuki, Minister of State for the Prime Minster’s Office responsible for Investments (see photo above).

TPSF is the voice of the private sector Tanzania.

ITS VISION

To become an effective apex private sector organization, providing a focal point for private sector-led approaches to Tanzania’s economic and social transformation.

ITS MISSION

To function as an apex and focal private sector organization in Tanzania for promoting private sector development as well as effective engagement with the Government of Tanzania and other stakeholders in matters of development policy and in the provision of services to members.

See website for more information: https://tpsftz.org

AWOTTA SPEAK AT JAMAFEST 2019!

23rd SEPTEMBER

This week, Mary Kalikawe (Chairperson AWOTTA) was delighted to be invited to speak at JAMAFEST about UWANDAE EXPO2020. Much interest was shown by delegates and leads are currently being followed up with potential donors, sponsors and exhibitors.

JAMAFEST (Jumuia ya Afrika Mashariki Festival),  was held  in the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam from 22nd-29th September. The 2019 theme was: “Cultural Diversity: A Key Driver to Regional Integration, Economic Growth and Promotion of Tourism”.

This important regional festival is organised by the East Africa Commission to celebrate and share culture among its partner States: Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. It aims is to promote regional socio-cultural integration through arts and culture by providing a platform to showcase culture as a primary driver of regional integration.

AWOTTA SUPPORTS UNITED NATIONS WORLD TOURISM DAY 2019

27th September 2019

Theme: “Tourism and Jobs: A better Future for All”

A personal message from Mary Kalikawe, Chairperson AWOTTA

“Bed Capacity Full!”

Over the weekend in Dar es Salaam I took a lazy rest in my sitting room. However, I had a smartphone in my hands, which unfortunately  did not allow me to rest as I kept jumping from one app to another searching for what was new! I came across two quotes on tourism which I found myself agreeing with: “It is bad manners to let a vacation wait,” and “Once a year go somewhere you have never been before” (the Dalai Lama).

Something on television later caught my attention which brought these quotes to life. It was about a soccer game that was being played before World Tourism Day (26 September 2019) between Kagera Sugar Factory football club (Wanankurukumbi – Kagera province’s strongest team) and Simba Sports Club (Tanzania’s strongest soccer team). For some reason, Simba usually gets beaten by the Kagera Sugar Factory team causing hundreds of unbelieving eyeballs, and leading to many people to travel across Tanzania to Bukoba’s Kaitaba football stadium to see for themselves the outcome of this entertaining, exciting and unpredictable game.

This is domestic sports tourism at its best. People seizing the moment to come together to experience a memorable occasion; some visiting Bukoba for the first time; all happy to exchange their hard earned money for quality goods and services, ensuring that the towns bed capacity is full

Around the world, the tourism sector is a leading source of employment, supporting many millions of jobs and driving economies forward, both at the local and the national level. Let us all celebrate the tourism industry today and all the good it brings in building a better life and future for everyone.

HAPPY WORLD TOURISM DAY!

Join the celebration: #WTD2019

AWOTTA showcases Tanzania to the Women In Tourism International Alliance (WITIA)

WITIA is a non-profit association of tourism professionals that facilitates the exchange of accurate and trusted tourism information worldwide. Members are encouraged to travel to other countries to gain a greater understanding of them, and to meet with fellow travel professionals to mutually share knowledge. This year we are honoured that WITIA accepted Mary Kalikawe’s proposal to visit Tanzania.

From 3rd to 7th September an itinerary has been set to showcase the best of Tanzania, with AWOTTA members meeting with the group on specific evenings. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Mary Kalikawe.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to WITIA members and wish them a memorable and inspiring visit to our country.

AWOTTA continues to connect with other influential women’s groups from across Africa

Mary Kalikawe had the honour and pleasure to meet with Dr Dimatkaso Malwela, President of Women of Value South Africa (WOVSA) & Managing Director NKPI Holdings, at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting on 9-10th August 2019 in Dar es Salaam.

Women of Value SA (WOVSA) is an NPO that empowers women and youth nationally, and  was founded in 2011 by the Chairperson of Southern Africa Women in Tourism (SAWIT) Dr Dimakatso Malwela. Their mandate is to play an advocacy role in bridging the gap between the community, Government and the private sector on socio-economic issues. They facilitate, co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate all the programmes set to change lives.

2019 AWOTTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on 2nd May in Dar es Salaam

Thank you to everyone who attended, with a special warm welcome to new members.

It was a very productive meeting with a variety of important actions agreed for 2019-2020.

Minutes are available by contacting Mary Kalikawe, AWOTTA Chairperson.

AWOTTA LEAD 1st MARKET RESEARCH STUDY OF DOMESTIC SPORTS TOURISM – APRIL 2019

MARKET RESEARCH STUDY OF TANZANIA DOMESTIC SPORTS TOURISM

CASE STUDY: AFCON U17 HOSTED IN TANZANIA, DAR ES SALAAM 14 TO 28 APRIL 2019

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) seeks to develop the domestic tourism market and diversify Tanzania’s tourism offering i.e. to build on the success of wildlife based tourism and expand into other areas to meet the needs of the Tanzanian people and create more job opportunities. One of these areas is sports tourism. 

Soccer was chosen as a sport to focus on, as travel for playing, watching or participating in matters related to soccer is known to be the biggest and fastest growing form of tourism worldwide. AFCON U17 was used for this inaugural case study (i.e Africa under 17’s  Cup of Nations, which is a bi-annual football competition organised by the sport’s African governing body, CAF).

AWOTTA, the MNRT ‘S  National college of Tourism (NCT) and Meltores Professional Research and Development were the natural partners to complete the study, having worked together during UWANDAE EXPo2019 (Tanzania’s first domestic tourism expo held in February). The aim of the study was to collect much needed data that will identify the size of the soccer tourism domestic market and the magnitude of demands that will justify investment. Present service providers were also approached for their take on transportation, accommodation, food and other suppliers to this market.

This study offers a benchmark on how existing services can be improved to stimulate accelerated travel for soccer. The bigger the numbers travelling, the bigger the need for new and improved investment, which will lead to more jobs and income generation by the domestic sports tourism sector.

For more information about the study and its findings, please contact AWOTTA Chairperson Mary Kalikawe.

international womens day

AWOTTA supports International Women’s Day

8th March 2019

Campaign theme:  #BalanceforBetter

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

A balanced world is a better world. Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

AWOTTA is committed to help achieve gender balance across the Tanzanian tourism sector.

Mary Kalikawe (AWOTTA Chairperson) & Ernest E Mwamwaja (Director of Marketing TTB) at the opening of UWANDAE EXPO2019!

“Balance for Better” – Stronger Together

A message from AWOTTA Chairperson on IWD2019

Mary Kalikawe 

Mary Kalikawe

Balance Better for Development

 

AWOTTA has just finished staging Tanzania’s first domestic tourism trade conference and exhibition – UWANDAE EXPO2019! The successful launch of this nationwide event, hosted at the National Museum in Dar es Salaam from 15-17th February 2019, is testimony to the ability of women within the tourism sector to come together, elevate our voices and contribute significantly to the development of our nation.

When organising UWANDAE EXPO2019, some participants asked whether the event was only for women. Once we said it was for everyone, no one saw a lack of balance. There were as many men exhibiting as there were women!

Within Tanzania, despite national census data showing that women outnumber men, and the gender gap is slightly narrowing, our society is still strongly male dominated.

We, as women and mothers, do however, have the opportunity to influence the character of our children – to shape the perceptions of future generations that women and men are equal, and by working together we can achieve so much more.

As women, we also have a responsibility to change our own mindset, and we must demonstrate that we have the capability to excel and contribute to the development of our nation. If we have confidence in ourselves, before requiring others to tell us we are able, I believe that we can positively influence the balance that is required in society immediately. Let gender balance start from within, and help make it self perpetuating across our industry!

According to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), greater equality is an essential component of a sustainable tourism industry. The correlation between gender-balanced management teams and key performance indicators is compelling. Research from around the world clearly shows that teams with a male–female ratio between 40% and 60% produce results that are more profitable, sustainable and predictable than those of unbalanced teams. With this in mind, we shall be teaming up and working arm in arm with men and women across Tanzania to develop our domestic tourism industry, and stage an even more successful UWANDAE EXPO in 2020!

From today onwards, let us all work together towards a better gender balanced world.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Mary Kalikawe 

AWOTTA WERE PROUD ORGANISERS OF UWANDAE EXPO2019!

Tanzania’s first Domestic Tourism EXPO, 15th-17th February 2019

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Mary Kalikawe (Chairperson)

phone: (+255) 07594 24933 or (+255) 07135 26649

email: mkalikawe@awotta.org