Advocacy and lobbying
HAT’s core role is centred on advocating and lobbying so as to achieve the best and optimal solutions for both the private and government side. In light of meeting this goal, a number of initiatives and activities are being done, working hand in hand with the government, Tourism Confederation of Tanzania and international organisations so as to protect tourism stakeholders’ interests; more dedicated however to the hotel industry.
Some ongoing advocacy issues:
TTBL (formerly known as TALA): This is an issue relating to the Tourism Business License. HAT has and is continuing to engage the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to address the Regulatory Licensing Reform Program specifically in terms of lowering the licencing fee– Multiplicity of Taxes, Levies, Charges & Fees spearheaded by Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
Business environment: Focus on establishing an enabling environment for competitive job creating industries including tourism. HAT’s actions focus on streamlining the regulatory framework for the tourism sector, and strategically addressing specific bottlenecks/constraints.
Skills Gap: In partnership with ILO, TCT, and VETA, HAT works together to design and implement quality apprenticeship programs.
Grading of Hotels: HAT has continually worked with the Ministry in order to try and address some of the blind spots in this exercise. It has also worked to ensure that no other requirements are imposed on the facilities once graded.
Representing the hospitality sub-sector and tourism sector at all important engagements, meetings, dialogues and committees
HAT attends several consultative meetings organised by the government meeting with to discuss how to overcome challenges in the private sector and stagnation of growth in the economy. HAT also organizes some of the consultative meetings, last year notably having organized many meetings to iron out District Service Levy issue.
HAT, in collaboration with TCT and Tourism Private Sector association with support from USAID Protect and BEST Dialogue to engage parliamentarians and key government stakeholders to better understand the opportunities of Tanzania tourism by first understanding and tackling the challenges presented by the private sector especially the tourism industry.
HAT CEO sits on board of the Association of Tanzanian Employers. This offers a good platform to tackle some of the persistent issues like work permits, retrenchment challenges, contractual challenges etc now at a closer level. The CEO is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Tourism. The CEO is also a member of the branding committee and national heritage month committee which gives HAT members immidiate information on on going issues of destination branding and national heritage.
Internal Consultative Meetings
HAT organizes smaller consultative meetings amongst its members to discuss any issues pertaining to the sector and how to proceed forward. These meetings are organized to help members to deal with more specific issues rather than cross cutting issues, that may be affecting only a certain portion of members.
Source for receiving sub sector and Industry information
HAT is recognized to be the representative of the hospitality sector and an important stakeholder for the government by virtue of its members. As a result, all government communications with regards to new laws and regulations and meetings are communicated to HAT. We in return share this information to our members, many times also requesting for comments which are then shared back to the government.