Zanzibar is turning to tourism to diversify its economy, which traditionally -- and almost totally -- relies on clove exports to boost its foreign exchange.
MV & GV Zanzibar Chairman Jumbe at news conference (2 shots)
GV PAN Bwawani Hotel (2 shots)
CU Arabic inscription over carved door
GV PAN CU & GV Freight vessel, SS Maponduzi, being unloaded (4 shots)
SV Jumbe and officer on gangway of vessel
GV & CU Sign "House of Wonders" (2 shots)
CU Sign GV TILT Exterior Court house (2 shots)
GV PAN Fruit-sellers and fish-mongers in market (4 shots)
MV & SV Man with cloves in warehouse (2 shots)
CU & GV Livingstone House
Background: Zanzibar is turning to tourism to diversify its economy, which traditionally -- and almost totally -- relies on clove exports to boost its foreign exchange.
The island's leader, Mr. Aboud Jumbe, said recently that plans were a foot to free Zanzibar and its island neighbour Pemba -- both are no part of Tanzania -- from this dependence on the clove industry.
Tourism was listed as one way of achieving this, as well as reducing import of food and other goods such as building materials and bringing rice production up to (at least) the level of local consumption.
Officials in the tourism department say Zanzibar has much to offer tourists. They suggest it would become a "colour memory" for visitors and they highlight the "fabric of political intrigue, trading and commerce that was woven along the East African coast for several centuries".
Businessmen have been quick to move in. And a new hotel -- for example -- is now offering scuba-diving and water-skiing trips to the hitherto unexploited reefs and deep waters, using its own fleet of deep-sea-fishing craft and other smaller boats.