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On a recent visit to Indonesia, Shein invited investors to venture into seaweed cultivation, which accounts for an estimated 24,000 jobs in Zanzibar On a recent visit to Indonesia, Shein invited investors to venture into seaweed cultivation, which accounts for an estimated 24,000 jobs in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Targets Half a Million Far East Tourists by 2020

Zanzibar’s government aims to increase arrivals from the Far East over the next two years, in a bid to make the island a business hub in East Africa.

Efforts will include joint venture business and training programmes with Indonesia and other states looking to partner with the island.

According to Ali Mohammed Shein, president, Zanzibar, his government is targeting these tourists in a bid to attract Indonesian business ventures to invest in the island’s marine-based economy and tourism sector, and beach and marine tourism in particular.

Shein said Zanzibar was looking to capitalise on experience from Indonesia to fast track its tourism development, with the training of tourism personnel and development of high-class hotels being the key focal areas the island was hoping to benefit from.