Tanzania and South Africa through their two institutions of higher learning have inked an agreement to train special personnel in the tourism industry to boost the country’s travel and hospitality sectors.
The pact, which also entails exchange programs for experts from the two countries, was signed between the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa and the National College of Tourism of Tanzania.
Dr Florian Mtey, the Acting Rector for the National College of Tourism and Dr Edgar Nesamvuni the Excutive Dean of Tshwane University of Technology inked the deal towards the initial agreement between the two institutions.
The Ceremony to that effect took place at the Tanzania’s Embassy Building in Pretoria,
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hassan Abbas and the Tanzanian Ambassador to South Africa, Retired Major General Gaudence Milanzi witnessed the signing of the agreement.
Dr Abbas was representing the Tanzanian Tourism Minister, Mohammed Mchengerwa.
Also present during the signing ceremony was the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Minerals, Mr Kheri Mahimbali
Through the agreement, the two institutions of higher learning will hatch special training programs to produce expert personnel in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry as well as destination marketing and promotion.
“The ultimate goal for this agreement is to upgrade the skills of the people working in the industry in order to make them more competent in the tourism, marketing and hospitality sectors, as well as being prepared to handle the anticipated surge of tourists following the recent promotional drive spearheaded by President Samia Suluhu Hassan!”Dr Hassan Abbas – PS Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism
The Tshwane University of Technology also known as ‘SouthTshwane-Universiteit vir Tegnologie,’ is the biggest residential higher education institution in South Africa and second largest on the continent, serving over 60,000 students and counting.
On the other hand, the National College of Tourism (NCT), also known as ‘Chuo cha Tafa cha Utalii,’ is the only Government College on the mainland Tanzania, operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
The institution, based in Dar-es-salaam offers training programs on Tourism and Hospitality Business.
The Tanzanian envoy to South Africa, Retired Major General Milanzi thanked the two institutions and their management for the milestone achievement.