Working together with TUI to support tourism education in Zanzibar

A unique collaboration between TUI travellers, higher education and the tourism sector has been established in order to support tourism education on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. Our tourism expert Maaike Bergsma worked on Zanzibar in the past, and she is now coordinating the transportation of tourism study books to the NGO Welcome Ideas in Zanzibar.

I am very pleased that our School of Leisure and Tourism is able to support other tourism institutions around the globe. Thanks to this unique collaboration, students and lecturers on Zanzibar have access to specialist literature about tourism management!

Encouraging the entrepreneurship in the tourism sector

The school of Leisure and Tourism of NHL Stenden has sent more than 100 kg of tourism study books to the NGO Welcome Ideas, which is a US-based Non-Profit Corporation, operating in Zanzibar. Through education, support, networking, and pop-up facilities, Welcome Ideas helps members of the local Zanzibar communities to develop, finance, and operate their own tourism-related businesses. By encouraging and enabling entrepreneurship in the tourism sector, Welcome Ideas hopes to reduce the economic leakage associated with tourism in Zanzibar, allowing the tourism economy to better benefit the local communities.

Tour operator TUI makes the donation possible

The donation would not have been possible without the help of tour operator TUI. The company operates a direct flight between Amsterdam and Zanzibar and made space available in their Dreamliner to transport the books. TUI travellers Ton and Djoeke Degeling affiliated to KAWA training centre on Zanzibar were kind to take the books and to hand them over to Kenn Scott and Abdulsatar Ali Mohammed (directors of Welcome Ideas). A second delivery is expected in January 2019.

Are you interested to support tourism education on Zanzibar with your organization? Please contact Maaike Bergsma.