Zanzibar -- so long economically dependent on the export of cloves -- is turning to the tourist trade as an alternative source of foreign income.
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GV People working on harbour wall.
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GV PAN House of Wonders.
SV Children with schoolteacher outside House of Wonders.
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GV People's Palace
GV & CU Hotel Bwawani.
Gv Ijumaa Mosque.
GV Anglican Catherdral.
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Background: Zanzibar -- so long economically dependent on the export of cloves -- is turning to the tourist trade as an alternative source of foreign income.
There was an energetic spate of building for the 10th anniversary celebrations of Zanzibar's revolution held earlier this year. New hotels and amenities constructed for the celebrations provide the basis for the new tourist drive.
The massive new Hotel Bwawani -- designed by the late Sheikh Karume and only recently completed --boasts a swimming pool that the tourist authorities claim will be the biggest in the world when it is finished. Among the most important buildings in Zanzibar town are the Ijumma Mosque and the Anglican Cathedra.
The Island's major attraction is its fine beaches. Although a third of the country's three hundred thousand inhabitants make a living from the sea, they leave the beaches unpolluted because they fish from dhows driven by sail rather than oil.
SYNOPSIS: Zanzibar possesses many fine beaches, and now the authorities on the island are hoping they will attract tourists from overseas.
Traditionally, Zanzibar has been almost entirely dependent on the export of cloves for its foreign earnings, but now the island's leader Aboud Jumbe wants to diversify the economy with industries like tourism.
Among the preparations for the new tourist drive is the improvement of the harbour wall. A big construction programme was recently undertaken for the tenth anniversary of Zanzibar's revolution, celebrated last January. The anniversary marked the bloody coup which -- a few months after independence - toppled the Arab minority government and brought to power the Afro-Shirazi party which rules today. The houses and amenities built for the celebrations provide the basis for the new tourist drive.
Buildings along the sea-front, such as the House of Wonders, have recently been repainted.
But tourists are still a new enough phenomenon to attract awed interest from the people of the island.
The memory of former leader Sheik Abeid Karume is still honoured, although he was assassinated over two years ago. Forty-four people are at the moment facing the death sentence for complicity in the plot to kill him.
Sheikh Karume personally designed the Hotel Bwawani. The tourist authorities claim that the hotel's swimming pool will be the biggest in the world when completed.
In Zanzibar town, there is the Ijumaa Mosque.
And the Anglican Cathedral constructed in the nineteenth century on the site of the former slave market.
Zanzibar's beaches are relatively clean since its fisherman use dhows driven by sail not by petrol.