What could be a more imaginative place for a conference than Tanzania? Conference tourism in the country is booming with national, regional and international delegates keen to visit the country’s spectacular sites on pre-conference or post-conference tours. These range from wildlife safaris to any of the sixteen national parks, the Ngorongoro Crater or the Selous Game Reserve to spending relaxing days on the beaches of the Swahili Coast or the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar or Pemba.
Luxury hotels in Dar es Salaam and Arusha offer excellent facilities for large meetings but all the country’s major hotels and many of its luxury lodges, both on the mainland and on Zanzibar, also provide all the necessary equipment and services.
For the really big convention there has always been the Arusha International Conference Centre, in the safari capital of Arusha, but there is now a choice between the AICC and the new Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) in Dar es Salaam.
The AICC has seating for up to 1,350 delegates, in the Simba Plenary Hall, and numerous smaller rooms accommodating between 10 and 290. Most halls and rooms are equipped with simultaneous interpretation systems of up to four languages and all halls are networked with LAN to allow video conferencing. A small exhibition area is also available while the centre currently has 5,000 sq m of office space for rent, with internet connection, 24-hour standby generator and access to banking services, duty free shop, travel agencies, tour operators, restaurants and conference facilities all under one roof. Housing accommodation is also available in its newly constructed, nearby apartments.
The JNICC provides state-of the-art meeting facilities including a plenary hall that accommodates 1003 delegates and 12 other breakout rooms with capacity ranging from 10 to 300 delegates. Surrounded by international hotels and offering spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and easy access to Tanzania’s less crowded southern parks, the JNCC has already gained the approval and membership of the International Association of Convention centres. Innovative technology includes simultaneous interpretation systems of up to four languages, advanced audio visual equipment, LCD projectors, internet facilities and recording equipment that meet the most demanding conference requirements.