Tanzania Daily News Dar es Salaam Bernard Lugongo
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The pilots of the Vintage Air Rally planes have expressed excitement over Tanzania’s tourist attractions after spending three days in the country.

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The crews flying on 22 planes arrived in the country on November 28 from Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

Their first stop was in Arusha and flied to Zanzibar on Wednesday. For Tanzania hosting the rally is expected to promote national tourism in a global picture as people around the world are following it up at every place.

“Tanzania’s tourism is well handled, having beautiful game parks and people are very nice and friendly, they are better than most people in the world,” said a 60-year old pilot, Mr Graham Holford, during an interview with the ‘Daily News’ at Amani Abeid Karume International Airport on Wednesday.

As he explained over tough and exciting journey they have gone through so far, Director of the Vintage Air Rally, Mr Sam Rutherford, said he was thrilled by the Tanzanian culture and national parks enriched with different kinds of wild animals.

Their excitement over the tourist attractions moved Marketing Director of the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism, Dr Miraj Ukuti Ussi, to appeal to the organizers of the rally to make the next rally start in Zanzibar.”We request you to start the rally here in Zanzibar so that we can feel proud since this event is very important for tourism,” he said.

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The rally commenced on November 12, 2016, at Crete in Greece and the entire trip will take 35days covering, 10 countries where it started off from Greece, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya then from Tanzania will proceed to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.

Puma Energy Tanzania Aviation team did their first refuel of Aviation Gas oil at Arusha Airport. The planes then flew on to the Ngoro Ngoro National Park as part of their mission. “Puma Energy Tanzania Ltd is delighted to be a major host of the rally.

Our role in supporting tourism in Tanzania remains a critical part of our participation in such activities” General Manager of Puma Energy Tanzania, Mr Philippe Corsaletti said.

The Vintage Air Rally involves aircraft built in the 1920’s and 1930’s operated by experienced pilots from different corners of the globe, making their way along a route across Africa from the island of Crete in Greece to Cape Town, South Africa.