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Speaking at the Zanzibar Serena Inn Opening Ceremony His Highness the Aga Khan said:

It is with very great pleasure that I welcome you today to the opening of the Zanzibar Serena Inn. Let me express my sincere gratitude to His Excellency The President of the United Republic of Tanzania Mr. Benjamin Mkapa for having honoured us by accepting to perform today’s ceremony. Only nine months ago His Excellency performed similar ceremonies at three new Serena lodges at Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. There he made a remarkable speech about Tanzania’s commitment to the development of tourism and the strategies that his Government intended to follow to optimise the return on this activity to Tanzania’s economy without jeopardising the sensitive, ecological balance of the nation’s exceptional game parks.