(January 15, 2014, New York, New York) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s vibrant commercial capital and Indian Ocean Port, was named one of “52 Places to Go in 2014” by The New York Times in its Sunday Travel Section, January 12, 2014. Dar es Salaam, one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, is being recognized for its rich culture and colorful lifestyle.
An excerpt from The New York Times describes Dar es
Salaam as, “An eclectic mix of music echoes through the beach clubs,
open-air bars and nightclubs of this Indian Ocean coastal city.
Old-school dance music competes with Swahili hip-hop and traditional
drumming, all drawing from the city’s African, Indian and Arab
influences. Add in the street food, the beaches and the fact that the
year-old African low-cost carrier Fastjet uses Dar as its hub, and it’s
easy to see that this commercial capital is more than a stopover on the
way to Tanzania’s natural splendor.”
Dr. Aloyce K. Nzuki, Managing Director, Tanzania Tourist Board said,
“We are pleased that Dar es Salaam, in addition to being the gateway for
the southern safari circuit, is increasingly being recognized as a
major East African port, rich in history and bustling with a diversity
of activities and attractions. In fact, this was one of the major
factors we took into consideration in selecting Dar es Salaam as the
location for the first annual Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE –
www.site.co.tz), set to launch October 1-4, 2014.”
Dar es Salaam, as the gateway for all major airlines flying into
Tanzania including KLM/DELTA, South African Airways, Emirates, Turkish
Airlines, Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, is the country’s most
accessible city. It has also experienced rapid growth in its hotel
capacity including three well known American hospitality brands, Hyatt
Regency, Doubletree by Hilton and Holiday Inn. Four more hotel
properties that are currently on the drawing board and are expected to
be managed by international hotel chains.
This is the third time in four years that Tanzania has made the annual The New York Times “Places to Go” list. In 2011, it was Zanzibar and in 2012, it was Tanzania (the destination).