The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has brought about changes in the everyday life of all citizens across the globe. People have had to stay home and avoiding travel, either by choice or as necessitated by governments as a measure towards controlling the rapid transmission of (Covid-19). Consequently, the aviation and tourism sectors have unavoidably been greatly impacted. 

The month of July 2020 witnessed a number of economies gradually reopening for business while still observing all the World Health Organisation recommendations. Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has caused drastic changes to tourism, however, people remain prepared and determined to travel all be it with caution. 

In light of this development, an online seminar (webinar) on “TANZANIA TOURISM – COPING WITH COVID -19” is proposed. The aim is to bring relevant and participatory information to Tour Operators in Tanzania and the Nordic and Baltic Countries for welcoming travelers and tourists back to Tanzania. The webinar will focus on the following areas; 

  • The current situation in Tanzania and Travel advisory
  • The Nordic and Baltic view on Travel after COVID -19
  • Standard and operating procedures for Covid-19 in the Tourism and other industries.
  • Airline rules, experiences and recommendations of travelers/ tour operators post-re-opening
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Tourism

The webinar is scheduled to be held on 15th September 2020 between 1400hours and 16:00hrs. 



14.00 Introductions Moderator:  Dr. Vesa V. Viitaniemi, Honorary Consul of Tanzania in Finland
Opening Speech Host: Dr. Willibrod Slaa, Ambassador of Tanzania in the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States and Ukraine.
14:10 The current situation in Tanzania and Travel advisory Guest of Honour: Dr. Allan Kijazi, Deputy
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
14.20 Current travel advice and recommendations for Tanzania by the Government of Finland and Sweden
  • Mr. Antti Putkonen, Director, Unit for Consular Assistance, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • Mr. Fredrik Folkunger, Deputy Head, Africa Department Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Mr. Kjetil Halvorsen, Senior Adviser, Foreign Service Response Center,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway.
14:35 The Nordic and Baltic Views on Travel and Tourism after reopening
  • Ms. Ella Rustad, Kenzan Travel Group – Sweden
  • Mr. David Lenefors, African Safaris and Tours 
14:45 Standard Operating Procedures for Covid-19 in the Tourism industry and other travelers
  • Ms. Devota Mdachi, MD, Tanzania Tourist Board 
  • Dr. Abdulla Mohammed Juma, Executive Secretary, Zanzibar Commission for Tourism
15:05 Safety measures by airlines, experiences and recommendations of first travellers and tourists after re-opening
  • Mr. Wilbard George Chambulo, Chairman, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators 
  • Mr. Hazze Sandstrom, CEO, Hazze Safaris
  • Ms. Eunice Raila, Sales Executive, Qatar Airways, Sweden & Baltic States
  • Ms. Zainab Ansell, Managing Director, ZARA TOURS
15:25 Business Opportunities in Tourism for Nordic Companies Ms. Åsa Jarskog, The President, Sweden Africa Chamber.
15:30 Questions and Answers. Moderator:  Dr. Vesa V. Viitaniemi,
16:00 Closing-Vote of thanks. Host: Ambassador Dr. Willibrod Slaa