Tanzania is on the verge of erecting a multimillion dollar hotel in the island of Zanzibar that will introduce a five-star resort to one of the hotspots of East Africa tourism.
The Zanzibar Ocean Wave Hotel & Resort will cost $25M and will be situated in Mbweni in the island famous for its historic clover.
Rhetorically, for a country that is comparably behind its regional neighbors in hotelier investments, there will soon be 171 extra rooms in Tanzania’s soil upon the completion of the undertaking.
The hotel capacity in the entire Tanzania and Zanzibar is a hundred and seventy four facilities under official operation for both local and tourism use, with an aggregate capacity of eleven thousand five hundred and sixty eight rooms.
A 1976 survey revealed that the greater part of the hotelier industry in Tanzania belongs to town-based hotels in comparison to holiday resorts. The findings also showed that though occupancy margins between the two kinds of accommodation destinations were equal, the operating expenditure for urban facilities exacerbated even as owners checked in returns.
Despite this, urban hotels still generate greater revenue to the Tanzanian economy than the resorts which are comparatively easier to run but risky to invest on.
Debates have abounded on whether operators should find a break-even point between the town and holiday facility by either clinging to improving the stakes of the holiday resort or giving a stimulus on the more predictable yet expensive town facilities.
Though Tanzania has top-notch tourist circuits ranging from snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro to the sandy beaches in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, it still lacks a sufficient number of holiday facilities that live up to global competitiveness.
The year by year statistics on mainland hotels with a staff base of above thirty workers, giving attention to the level of occupancy and the nightly beds that can meet immediate occupancy needs, showed the following results between December 2009 and December 2010.
*Of the 109 major hotels that were under spotlight, the 2009 results showed a bed capacity of 7938. With bed-nights of 246, 078 on offer, some 90, 664 persons were accommodated with 43,146 of which being foreign.
* The December 2010 statistics climbed a notch higher to 150 hotels with 251, 472 bed-nights on offer, with 91, 236 persons visiting of which 43, 697 were foreign.
* Both surveys took part over 31 days.
The notable factor in the above display is that occupancy margin depreciated by 0.2% over the two December antitheses.
Roughly, the international visitor remained almost constant, a major reason perhaps being lack of superb facilities for holiday accommodation.
With the building of the new Zanzibar Ocean Wave Hotel & Resort, Tanzania will be improving its bubbling hotelier potential in both the mainland and the oceanfront.