Tourism is a major sector of Tanzania’s economy, and can have a considerable impact on the country – be it an adverse or positive impact. For example, tourism revenues were $2.51 billion in 2019 – up from $2.4 billion in 2018 – and slightly rose to $2.6 billion in 2020.

Then the Covid-19 erupted in Tanzania and many other African countries in March 2020.

Without a doubt, the pandemic continues to have devastating repercussions on national economies in particular – and the global economy and humanity in general.

As a result of assorted measures taken by governments in efforts to curb spread of the mutating viral monster, the Tourism business took a nosedive in Tanzania, where the sector directly employs more than 600,000 salaried workers.

This is largely because the measures taken against the pandemic started to play merry hell with tourist travel worldwide. The measures included lockdowns and air travel restrictions, as well as mandatory quarantine travellers, mostly tourist arrivals.

In a relatively short time, earnings from tourism plunged to the 11-year low of $795.8 million in the year to May 31, 2021, when Tanzania hosted only 589,570 foreign tourists – compared to $2.095 billion earned from 1,341,958 tourist arrivals in the year to May 31, 2020.

But, the central Bank of Tanzania seems to see a light at the end of what has been Tanzania’s dark (tourism) tunnel. For example, the country’s services receipts increased to $189.6 million last May alone, rising from $109.7 million in May 2020.