Responsible Tourism Tanzania
Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) is a non-profit organization that encourages and promotes responsible tourism in Tanzania. RTTZ has developed a set of standards for Responsible Tourism in Tanzania aligned with the international Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards. The certification system has 4 levels or steps; each step guides the organisation toward becoming not only a matured enterprise, but a role-model for others in the tourism industry. Click here for more information.
Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa(RETOSA)
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the promotion and marketing of tourism in the region. RETOSA aims to create a concrete destination identity in the market in order for the region to compete effectively. RETOSA is managed by a board drawn from national tourism authorities/boards and national tourism private sector umbrella bodies in the SADC countries. Click here for more information.
Tanzania Tourist Board
The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) was legally established under the Tanzania Tourist Board Act, CAP 364 R.E. 2002 of the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania (TTB Act). The general function of TTB as stipulated in the TTB Act is “to promote and develop all aspects of the tourist industry in Tanzania and, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:
- To advertise and publicize Tanzania as a tourist destination
- To encourage development of amenities and to enhance Tanzania attractiveness
- To undertake research necessary for improving the industry’s performance
- To foster understanding on the economic benefits of tourism in Tanzania
- To collect information necessary for carrying out its functions.
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The Heritage Environment Management Company
The Heritage Environment Management Company (Heritage) developed the “Heritage Environmental Certification Programme” in order to provide tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to reduce and limit the environmental impact of the businesses. Heritage offers a hands-on environmental approach for businesses on resource management that delivers financial returns and at the same time enables businesses to position themselves as environmentally responsible. Click here for more information.
Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern border is formed by the Indian Ocean. Tanzania contains Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
Tanzania has a tropical climate. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10 and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F) during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20 °C (68 °F). The hottest period extends between November and February (25–31 °C / 77–87.8 °F) while the coldest period occurs between May and August (15–20 °C / 59–68 °F). Annual temperature is 32 °C (89.6 °F). The climate is cool in high mountainous regions.
Tanzania has two major rainfall regions. One is uni-modal (December–April) and the other is bi-modal (October–December and March–May). The former is experienced in southern, south-west, central and western parts of the country, and the latter is found to the north and northern coast.
Swahili and English are the official languages; however the former is the national language. English is still the language of higher courts, it can however be considered a de facto official language. Tanzanians see themselves as having two “official” languages, English and Swahili. Swahili is seen as the unifying language of the country between people of different ethnic groups, who each have their own language; English serves the purpose of providing Tanzanians with the ability to participate in the global economy and culture. Over 100 different (tribal) languages are spoken in Tanzania, including Maasai, Sukuma and Makonde. The first language typically learned by a Tanzanian is that of his or her ethnic group, with Swahili and English learned thereafter.