Zanzibar Institute for Tourism Development
The Zanzibar Institute of Tourism Development was established in 1992 by the name of Hotel and Tourism Training Centre, with the assistance of UNDP and ILO. The institute was established by Act No. 7 of 2008 of the Zanzibar House of Representatives, and the objective of the Centre was to provide basic skills in hotel operations. After turning to full Institute the objectives was increased to produce medium and higher management skills, also to provide academic pathways for those who would like to pursue further academic qualifications. From July 2008 the Institute became fully autonomous after the amendment of this Act. Currently, it is now called the Zanzibar Institute of Tourism Development (ZIToD).
ZIToD aims to provide tourism educational programmes of quality tourism service. It seeks to identify and monitor Zanzibar tourism industry needs and satisfaction and is responsible for providing the tourism industry with personnel trained to international standards.
ZIToD : About the Institute
The vision of ZIToD is to become a learning centre of excellence for human capital development in tourism, producing graduates with enquiry and entrepreneurial attributes, able to cope with thechanges in the industry. ZITOD in addition wishes to play a key role in research and policy advice and offering incubator without walls services to the tourism related SMEs in Zanzibar.
ZIToD wishes to seize the opportunity of contributing more pro-actively to tourism development and hence economic development and poverty reduction for Zanzibar. Specific focus will be towards the human capital and entrepreneurship development of SMEs around the tourism sector. Mission ZIToD is an autonomous government front organisation that delivers the mandate laid down in the Parliament Act No 8 of 2008. ZIToD is a learning institution providing entrepreneurship mainstreaming training to tourism and related industry.
ZIToD support and links its graduates with relevant BDS and Financial services providers. ZIToD develops new products and services in response to the needs of the industry. ZIToD is a resource centre (incubator without walls) for the SMEs in the tourism related industry.
ZIToD values is an emulated Centre adhering to environmental morals (ecological/ heritage protection), quality and qualified workforce, managing diversity (gender and marginalized), and stimulating drive for self-employment.
ZIToD above all aimed to make tourism sector to becomes increasingly important in the thinking about development in Zanzibar. The government now have included tourism in its development strategies. Many efforts are under way to increase understanding of how tourism can contribute to poverty reduction and of how to translate this understanding into concrete action.
ZIToD objectives includes increasing tourism standards to attract arrivals and overnights, more out-of-pocket spending, and a bigger share of the tourist economy benefiting to the poor.
Zanzibar local communities can participate in the tourism industry in many ways - as workers, entrepreneurs, and neighbours. They can gain new opportunities but also face constraints as it appeared now forced out of local labour market. As they earn incomes, but also suffer costs of tourism. These impacts vary enormously from village to village. Enhancing the opportunities and impacts for the local communities is the concern of the ZIToD.
ZIToD : Aims and Objectives
ZIToD aims to promote ecotourism or ecological tourism which advocate responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. It helps educate the traveler; provides funds for conservation; directly benefits the economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and fosters respect for different cultures and for human rights.Eco tourism is very important so that future generations can experience the wonderful environment we have today.
Also ZIToD aimed to promote responsible tourism is fast becoming a global trend. Operators, destinations and industry organisations in South Africa, the United Kingdom, United States, the Gambia, India, Sri Lanka, are already practicing Responsible Tourism, and this list is growing. Recognising the global significance of Responsible Tourism World Travel Market, one of the world’s largest travel exhibitions, has created World Responsible Tourism Day, to be celebrated annually during November. World Responsible Tourism Day is endorsed by the World Tourism Organisation and World Travel and Tourism Council.
ZIToD : Welcome Note From The Institute Executive Director
"Welcome to the Zanzibar Institute of Tourism Development (ZIToD). I am delighted to extend to you the hospitality of Zanzibar culture in which generations of students have enjoyed studying and living.
It gives me particular pleasure to write this foreword knowing that many students have chosen to come to ZIToD a direct result of the efforts we have made to improve the quality of education and knowledge we offered, also to remove the barriers that are placed in the paths of those with specific learning difficulties.
At ZIToD we believe in enabling students to maximise their potential and we do all we can to ensure this happens. For some students with specific learning difficulties such as teaching language there may be additional efforts to resolve before they can declare their independence as a learner.
These efforts are too often caused by the environment in which we all work and learn. It is our intent to ensure that we play our part in ensuring higher education is accessible to all who can.
We hope that the information and support outlined on this website will help explain how far we are along the road to removing barriers and enabling access in the broadest sense of the education world.
I hope you find your time with us rewarding and enjoyable.
My best wishes to you”.
Zuleikha Kombo Khamis
The Institute Executive Director