Hundreds of people attended the Africa in April festival at Robert R. Church Park held last week. Africa in April is a cultural awareness festival that celebrates a different African country every year. This is the festival’s 30th annual celebration and the country of honor is Tanzania.
Some of the highlights of the festival include native cuisine, family-friendly activities, and live music. Also, visitors have the chance to purchase an endless amount of African artifacts and clothing. Some of the event’s local sponsors include Nike, FedEx, the National Civil Rights Museum, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and more. The 3-day festival continues tomorrow with a commemoration of international music. Admission is five dollars.
Tanzania is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania. Travel and tourism contributed 12.7% of Tanzania’s GDP and employed 11.0% of the country’s labour force (1,189,300 jobs) in 2013. The sector is growing rapidly, with overall receipts rising from US $1.74 billion in 2004 to US $4.48 billion in 2013, and receipts from international tourists rising from US $1.255 billion in 2010 to US $1.880 billion in 2013.
In 2012, 1,043,000 tourists arrived at Tanzania’s borders compared to 590,000 in 2005. The vast majority of tourists visit Zanzibar or a “northern circuit” of Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2013, the most visited national park was Serengeti (452,485 tourists), followed by Manyara (187,773) and Tarangire (165,949).