The annual Karibu travel and tourism fair takes place in Arusha from 3-5 June. Billed as one of the largest tourism events in east Africa, 300 companies, mainly from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, display the latest offers in safari resorts and holidays in the region.

Originally created to promote Tanzania, the Karibu fair provides an opportunity for foreign buyers and travel journalists to learn about emerging trends in the east African tourism sector.

Many visiting spectators and journalists combine their visit to the fair with trips to some of the nearby national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. This year international media attention is likely to focus on the controversial Serengeti highway and the soda extraction plant at Lake Natron near Arusha.

The fair is jointly organised by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, the Tanzania tourist board and the ministry of natural resources and tourism. For full details see the Karibu website www.karibufair.com

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