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The dialogue and advocacy initiatives for reforming the business environment of the tourism and hospitality sector in Tanzania

Wineaster Anderson (Department of Marketing, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Theresia Busagara (Department of Finance, University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Deogratious Mahangila (Department of Accounting, University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Maria Minde (Department of Marketing, University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Donath Olomi (Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Victor Bahati (Department of Accounting, University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 18 April 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the nature of the public–private dialogue (PPD) initiatives and how PPDs are being used in the tourism and hospitality sector as the tool for reforming the business environment (e.g. set policy priorities, inform policy design, improve legislative proposals and incorporate feedback into regulatory implementation).

Design/methodology/approach

The study adapted a descriptive-qualitative method through desk research and in-depth interviews based on the explorative research design. The respondents included tourism and hospitality stakeholders from the public and private sectors in the Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam tourist destinations in Tanzania.

Findings

The findings revealed numerous PPD initiatives which various actors in the tourism value chain rely on to address their matters. While some initiatives are not regular forums, few have been institutionalized in the Tourism Act of 2008, while others have been prescribed from the global level (UNWTO). The well-known PPD platforms include the Tourism Facilitation Committee, Technical Advisory Committee to the Minister, Tanzania National Business Council (the Tourism Task Force) and Public–Private Partnership in Tourism under the Ministry. However, most of the existing platforms overlap in terms of subject matter, mandates, participants and timing. The key success stories and factors of the PPD initiatives and the associated challenges have been discussed.

Practical implications

The study provides insight to the conclusion that public policies that are designed through PPD are better conceived and more effectively implemented because they result from mutual understanding between government and the business community. This knowledge is important to the least developed countries (LDCs), like Tanzania, as research has shown that stronger and more constructive dialogue between government and the private sector leads to better business environment, and countries with better business environments grow faster, attract more investment and reduce poverty more than the opposite.

Originality/value

Although several PPD initiatives are taking place in the tourism sector in most developing countries, little about them has been documented in the tourism literature. Hence, this study, which focuses on Tanzania, aims to fill this knowledge gap.

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Acknowledgements

This study was funded by BEST-Dialogue through the Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy (CPRA) at the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, to whom the authors are very grateful.

Citation

Anderson, W., Busagara, T., Mahangila, D., Minde, M., Olomi, D. and Bahati, V. (2017), "The dialogue and advocacy initiatives for reforming the business environment of the tourism and hospitality sector in Tanzania", Tourism Review, Vol. 72 No. 1, pp. 45-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/TR-09-2016-0036

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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