Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has undertaken the verification of registration certificates and licences for tourism companies based in the country.
According to the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Major General Gaudence Milanzi, the move seeks to identify and scrap all unregistered and unlicensed firms from operating, reports The Citizen.
Milanzi said in a statement that unregistered and unlicensed firms had been linked to incidences of fraud, including con acts, and were the source of unnecessary inconvenience to tourists.
According to Milanzi, such incidences tarnish tourists’ image of Tanzania, hence the need to deal with such operations, once and for all.
“Section 29 (10), (21) and (31) 1-6 of the Tourism Act 2008, prohibits people from doing tourism businesses without registration and payment of fees for a respective year,” reads the statement.
The statement also says that the government is currently issuing registration forms for 2018, warning those wanting to register that they should provide valid and accurate information.