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Tanzania uses diplomats to promote Tourism

Tanzania has organised a trip for foreign envoys to various regions as a way of promoting the country’s tourism.

The trip has been packaged as part of the activities to mark the East African state’s 50th independence anniversary.

Officials hope that the envoys would help disseminate information about Tanzania’s main tourist attractions.

The diplomats have already visited Butiama village in Mara region, the birth place of the first president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, as well as Zanzibar and Olduvai Gorge, where they saw Laetoli footprints.

The Laetoli footprints, in the Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley, were excavated by Louis and Mary Leakey in the mid-1950s.

The group of sites, is about 10.5km long and 350 feet deep and has evidence of almost 2 million years of occupation.

Sites at Olduvai are primarily stream and lake-side occupations, where stone working occurred.

Tanzania’s minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe, says the diplomats’ trip was aimed at exposing them to the beauty of Tanzania.

“As we mark our 50 years of independence, we have opted to show diplomats the beauty of our country… they have also visited burial places of our founding father in Butiama and Zanzibar,” Mr Membe said.