ZATO is a membership organisation formed by Zanzibar Tour Operators who are Zanzibari by law. This organization is incorporated under the Companies Decree [Cap. 153] and that it is a company limited by Guarantee.
Tour operator Is an entity whose primary purpose is to plan, arrange tours and/or Zanzibar vacation packages and market them on domestic, regional and worldwide destinations. The cost of such tour and vacation packages generally includes land transportation in Zanzibar, ground arrangements such as accommodations, meals, local guides and other related services.
To unite tour operators in Zanzibar for the purpose of marketing Zanzibar as an internationally competitive tourist destination by promoting and arranging inbound travel of the highest standards through the encouragement of development of services, facilities and training.
ZATO has the following objectives :
• To unite all persons engaged in the business of tourism
industry to serve as voice of Tours of Operators.
• To formulate and uphold the highest standards of tourism
• To stimulate and promote tourism to Zanzibar.
• To initiate, encourage and conduct research to benefit the
• To foster unity among all persons, companies and their sector
groups or associations, which seek to contribute to the quality
• To ensure that every tour operator is accorded fair treatment
and opportunity and that only licensed tour operators are
allowed to engage as tour operators or tourist agents.
• To encourage the development of domestic tourism.
extend recognition of the wide economic, social and cultural
benefits tourism brings to Zanzibar and the increased
understanding and goodwill it brings between peoples of al
• To act as the Tourism Industry advisor to the Zanzibar
Government on all aspects of tourism and to co-operate
and work with all Government agencies to achieve these
• To act as the Tourism Industry advisor to the local
government authorities and work with them to achieve these
• To introduce, foster and co-ordinate development in the
tourism industry in Zanzibar in a manner which recognizes
the significance of the country’s natural assets and to ensure
that such developments pay due regard to the protection and
public enjoyment of the environment.