Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Arusha hospitality insider

Arusha city has the travel industry to thank for when it comes to the economic booms of the last few years.Now the city bosts hundreds of tour companies small and large each giving it a hundred 100% to get all the customers it can get within the tourism seasons every year.With the safari business on the high gear alot of industries have now emerged to support the idustry providing employement to thousands of people.

There has been an explosion of hotels, accommodations, bnb's and quality guest houses emerging on daily basis to support the increase of tourists coming to Arusha,you can expect to pay anything from $20 from a low end accommodation all the way to $225 a night for a high end accommodation (Just remember you get what you pay for).The international community has been embracing this growth and Arusha city is loving it.

Another industry that in the past few years has seen a tremendous rise is the restaurant industry, you can now taste anything from African, Italian,Indian even mexican cusine any day within city limits. Tourists have the choice to eat any of the international cuisines with an African twist, a trend that Tanzanians have embraced to the fullest.

Hotel Management and Chef Schools
With the high demand of qualified labor work various schools have opened up to train and fulfill those postitions by training everything from bartending,reception,janitorial,management and cooking lessons.Experts from within and outside the country have rolled up their sleeves and got to work and earning huge success while doing it.

Body shops
The tour companies require specialized vehicles customized to fit the safari and the Tanzania terrain.Companies large and small have taken this opprotunity to the next level and are able to provide quality vehicles like never before employing alot of people that would had other wise been unemployed .

Advertising agents
All the safari companies , hotels etc need someone to get their business known inside and outside the country thus advertsing agents have sprung into action to provide the services much needed to these companies helping to improve life standards of the people and the city in general.

All in all Arusha aka "A town" is the safari capital of E. Africa and we are so excited about the future.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New year 2014 from Arusha

Yes we have been quiet with our Arusha Tanzania hospitality updates but we promise you bigger and better things in 2014.We are so excited of all the changes our city of Arusha has been going through to enhance the tourism industry as a whole.
With international name brand hotels now eyeballing our city and region of Arusha 2014 is sure going to be an interesting year.Stay tuned for interview updates with Arusha hotels,bnb's, restaurant,tourists and safari experts planned for this coming year.
Happy New Year

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Arusha tourism and hospitality business

It's no secret that despite having the famous Tanzanite mines and all the beauty of Arusha city,the number one focus of everything that has made Arusha city famous and prosperous than many cities of Africa  is tourism.Every season hundreds of thousands of tourists from all works of life visit our city coming through by air,buses,even motorbikes.The city owes everything it has to the tourism business,which is the bread and butter for the economy and the businesses in Arusha.
The hospitality industry is however playing catch up with the increase number of tourists, businesses, universities that are making Arusha home,travel hub,business centers etc.One can say tourism and the hospitality business go hand in hand like an African clear blue sky.The hospitality industry has seen a sharp rise in investors both natives and foreigners trying to dip their hands on this cookie jar which may  be very profitable if done right.Competition is heating up every given day with restaurants wanting to out perform each other,hotels and accommodations adapting to differentiation techniques to catch their target market by doing everything in their power to provide quality accommodation,affordable prices,good food and flawless customer experience.Tricky as it may be these owners are trying their level best with the hand they have been dealt with like poor infrastructure,high taxes,tough business environment,high operating costs etc.
May we be able to embrace our city of Arusha Tanzania by giving it everything we got to make it better day by day ...  (Tumaini Cottage).

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Monday, May 27, 2013

What not to do when planning a Tanzania safari

Don’t wait till the last minute, as every sane person  tell you, traveling to Tanzania takes money , time and careful planning.Waiting till the 11th hour will bite you hard, It’s a chaos like no other when you have to start the basics only a few weeks away from taking a safari. Simple questions like when do you take your malaria and typhoid pills,should you use travelers cheques, cash, or atm card. A mistake that many people make till it starts becoming overwhelming and frustrating, Traveling to Tanzania is a trip of a life time and so just like a running a marathon you need preparation and a game plan, so dont wait start today.

Don't fly all the way to Tanzania, and then try to book a safari and accommodation once you get here. Stories from ultimate backpackers have listed this way of traveling among the best and cheapest way to go on an African safari. This might work for some, but hell for most people, not only do you have to pass the language barrier wall once you get to Tanzania, but also the touts in the street coming to you from every direction each one claiming to have  "The best deal"  and so what might sound like a good idea at first,might become more of a hustle than you ever bargained for.

Don't send your hard earned money to some company without doing your research. There are millions of so called agencies and tour companies that claim they can plan a safari or trekking mountains Kilimanjaro/Meru. But  unlike many other business transactions, there's a great possibility of being scammed in several ways,one is either that company doesn't exist or two the company is able to  provide the service but not at the quality of the services you paid for. Some companies are legitimate and probably provide the best services at an affordable rate more than others but a little research on your part may go a long way to make sure you know who you are dealing with and a peace of mind.

Don’t just agree to the cheapest price. Just remember that if it sounds too good to be true ..."It probably is”. You should put under consideration questions about the quality, safety and experience,knowing how safe you are, how your next meal is cooked and by whom, is your truck well equipped for that safari or if your guides have the experience they claim to have should be the main factor rather than saving a few dollars here and there.There are thousands of stories from tourists that can probably write a book about how to go about this but please look at your budget  and  how adventurous you are in such matters then make the choice you are more comfortable with.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rating Arusha accommodations

A question in most tourists minds before entering our great city of Arusha, and also a  lingering issue among hotels, lodges, bnb’s and guest houses owners. It is also a genuine concern for the Tanzania travel industry as a whole which has in recent years tried to put in place a body that rates these facilities in a uniform manner.
Most western countries have a system that rates their accommodations considering everything from the location, the type of the building, the facilities included (business facilities, elevators,gyms,spas,pool etc), modern convenience, customer service etc.Unfortunately for most of the accommodations in Africa it can be a hit and miss. Some of the most beautiful accommodations in Tanzania  especially in Arusha city  don’t fit those specific criteria defined in the western nations.Entrepreneurs in most 3rd world countries can only do so much to get through that huddle by making sure their facilities are clean, provide quality customer service, invest heavily in their buildings and create their own infrastructure where there's non.Basic things like lights on the streets towards their accommodations, building nice roads, power outages, water outages, the neighborhood surrounding buildings etc,are  totally out of their control and they can only hope that the hefty taxes they are paying will someday work in their favor.
We hope people can rate accommodations  by taking in account all the effort,hard work and dedication these owners have put into their businesses by creating ambiance sometimes in the midst of almost nothing, a creation by the way that provides the much needed employment  and development  of these areas which may somehow motivate others to follow suit as it can be seen in various areas in Arusha city Tanzania.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Investing in Arusha hospitality industry

Investing on Arusha hospitality industry is not for the faint-hearted, there are no concrete numbers or reliable researches to look into before pouring your hard earned money to what might either be a money pit or a gold mine.Here are a few things to consider.

Power outages,power shortages,water supply,few suppliers,bad roads (some of the finest accommodation found in the cut). These are completely out of the hotels,lodges,Inn and accommodation control,despite of millions of dollars invested by business owners you are not guaranteed to have a a good road to your accommodation,water is a hit or miss,and most of the time you have to create your own supply chain which is expensive and time consuming.As a business owner you have to take all this into account in order to set your prices and be competitive.

The taxation is an eye opener considering the fact that the taxes paid dont reflect the infrastructure it produces.Tourist complain about things that the taxes should supposedly have paid for like no lights on the streets,no paved side walks etc, making it hard for hotels to compete and maintain certain international standards without charging an arm and a leg.As a result accommodation can be very expensive comparing to the services provided putting a dent on the hospitality business as a whole.Accommodations can only hope that the tax man with the heavy hand and  no breaks or future plans to help this thriving industry might change his mind and soon.

A tide that is slowly changing but still has some challenges along the way. With schools openning in Arusha and Dar-es-Salaam to train the hospitality industry for customer service,management and restaurant services.Most accommodations are moving to the right direction by hiring trained staff,but the elephant in the room is Tanzania still faces language barriers comparing to it's neighboring countries which tend to speak better "English" it being the number one tourist used  language,more companies need to either teach or spend money to get people that speak the language to provide better customer service to their international customers.

Wishing you the best in your Arusha Hospitality investment..Hakuna Matata

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Arusha accommodation classifications

Once and for all putting an end to the accommodation classification confusion for customers visiting Arusha Tanzania.  The city is known by many tourists around the world to be E.Africa's capital safari hub and is also home to the most popular accommodations in Tanzania.  While blessed with hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to our city every year efforts to sustain the demand there has led to a rush of  entrepreneurs taking advantage by building accommodations all around the city.  In the past tourist had no choice but to have their tour companies place them in accommodations wherever they saw fit, well all that has changed  and for the first time customers have a choice on where to stay in Arusha, what type of accommodation is perfect for their needs, budget and standard.  So vital is this process that most experienced tourists may even swear it is this choice that sets a tone for the whole Tanzania safari experience.  Make a good choice you are in for a treat, make a mistake and your Tanzania visit is a disaster before it even begins.
And so according to the various Arusha accommodations, this is the information tourists can use as a road map to get familiar with the big 3 classifications of accommodations mainly hotels, lodges/  b&b and guest houses.

Most have a full time reception personnel, more that 15 rooms, various en suite bedrooms, room service, full time restaurants, inclusive breakfast, sometimes a large garden with a public pool, a public bar, conference facilities, airport transfer (extra charge), Wi-Fi internet(extra charge) and business facilities.  Guests are mainly tourists with few locals.

Lodges and B&B
Full or part time reception personnel, 15 rooms or less, en-suite accommodations and some shared bathrooms, some have room service, some have restaurants(most on part time basis) or breakfast nook, inclusive breakfast, Wi-fi internet (extra charge).  Some have a garden and a pool, some provide airport transfers (extra charge), some have conference facilities, guests are a mix of tourists and locals.

Guest houses 
Full or part time reception personnel, 5 to 10 rooms, mostly shared bathrooms, no restaurant, no room service, no airport transfer, no conference facilities, no pool, no conference facilities, most have no internet access, no business facilities. The guests are mainly locals.

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