Jilesh Babla- India Representative- Zanzibar
Delegation led by the Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, Minister for Information, Tourism & Heritage, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar in New Delhi to meet the press in a very informal one to one manner on 24 November 2018. Also seen in the picture is Abdulla Mohammed Puma, Executive Secretary, Zanzibar Tourism and India Representative Jilesh Babla.

Zanzibar calls on India Inc and discerning travellers

All developed and emerging markets today are well versed with the India’s growing economy and burgeoning outbound travel market. In fact, almost all countries want to participate and gain from India’s growth story. In this league are many destinations that want to attract Indian Industrialists and also attract discerning Indian tourists to there shores.

On night of 24 November 2018, a delegation led by Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, Minister for Information, Tourism & Heritage, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar came down to New Delhi to meet the press in a very informal one to one manner. The interaction planned by its Mumbai based India representative Jilesh Babla and facilitated by TravelBizMonitor- managed to take out barriers that impede free flow of communication from the very beginning. 

Minister Mahmoud Thabit Kombo

India Representative of Zanzibar Jilesh Babla sharing India strategy for the Minister Mahmoud Thabit Kombo as Krishna Kumar from TravelBizMonitor looks on!

Building on the magical spell came from the warmth extended by the the Minister Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, who started educating the press team on purpose and vision behind his visit spread across Mumbai and Delhi.  Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania known as the Spice Island situated on Africa’s east coast, bursting with culture, history, and white-sand beaches. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site,” informed Kombo.

“Most of Indian’s are familiar with Tanzania and now we wish to make Indian business houses and discerning travellers to know as much about Zanzibar! In fact, we are confident that with the present incentive regime many of leading Indian business houses in food processing would want to set up base in Zanzibar. India is a leader in food processing and has all food items available throughout the year, while in Zanzibar, its still seasonal to witness fruits like pineapple and many others. Also, there is big demand for room inventory, where Indian hospitality leaders would want to make use of growing demand for hospitality in Zanzibar to set up resorts. In my opinion, Indian fisheries industries will also have an added advantage to look into Zanzibar,” added Kombo.

Coming back on the attraction that discerning Indian travellers be interested in Zanzibar, Kombo shared that many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged and visitors can walk between the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchants’ houses, and the Turkish baths of the old city. 

Day-long spice tours to working plantations” offer visitors the chance to observe the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices that have made the island famous. Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun,” said Combo.

In short, adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners  and travellers wanting to explore out of the world serenity must visit Zanzibar. Further, Zanzibar has adequate infrastructure to host MICE events including Indian Wedding of groups comprising of upto 300 pax, explained Combo.

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