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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