The Tanzanian government has graded 230 hotel facilities in the country’s northern tourism circuit, a senior official announced Thursday.

Gaudence Milanzi, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, said the rating involved hotel facilities located in northern regions of Arusha and Manyara.

Milanzi said that out of 230, 10 facilities scooped the five-star rating, with 19 getting four-star rating, and 65 three-star rating; 84 other facilities were given one and two-star ratings respectively, while 34 facilities were deemed unclassifiable.

The rated facilities included town hotels, vacation hotels, tented camps, lodges, and motels, Milanzi said.

Among the hotels that got the highest rating were the Arusha-based Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge and Mount Meru Hotel.

Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Jumanne Maghembe described the classification of hotels in the country as a key tool in achieving value for money.

Apart from being a marketing tool, the minister said the process of rating hotels offers hoteliers benchmark for offering exemplary services.

Leopold Kabendera, a Tanzania’s tourism expert, said at least 2,000 criteria were looked into when rating the hotel facilities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh