Club extends links with tourism partner.
Sunderland AFC continues to strengthen its links with the African continent, following the signing of a new partnership, which sees the country of Tanzania become the ‘Official Tourism Partner’ of the club.
Tourism is a key factor in the upward growth of the Tanzanian economy and the partnership aims to use the global reach of the Barclays Premier League to promote the country as a premier tourist destination. Premier League football is watched in over 200 countries, with accumulative audience of a phenomenal 4.2 billion, making it the most watched sporting league in the world.
Located in Central East Africa with about 1,400km of coastline along the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is renowned for some of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, including the Serengeti-where the spectacular, Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest free-standing mountain in the world - and Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
SAFC has already developed close links with Tanzania, through providing technical and practical support to the development of the football academy project, the first of its kind in the country. The project will see thousands of youngsters benefit from a joined up approach combining football, education and community engagement, harnessing the knowledge and expertise of Sunderland AFC and its own successful Academy.
SAFC commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “We are delighted to further strengthen our links with Tanzania with this exciting new tourism partnership.
“We are very much looking forward to working with our partners in Tanzania to promote their beautiful country to a wider audience and to continue to support the development of its football infrastructure.”
Ambassador Charles A, Sanga, chairman, Tanzania Tourist Board, board of directors: “Tanzania Tourist Board is proud to be associated with Sunderland AFC. We believe that this partnership will not only enhance the Board’s efforts in promoting Tanzania to the world but also help to attract investments and develop sports tourism in Tanzania “.
SAFC has established itself as one of the most recognised English clubs across Africa in recent seasons. SAFC linked-up with Invest in Africa in January 2012, affording a springboard to the ground-breaking not-for-profit initiative to promote Africa as a leading investment destination and actively challenge misconceptions about investing on the continent.
Further developing its links with the continent, the club announced recently the BFS Group Limited as its new principal partner from season 2013-14. BFS Group is the main UK operation of The Bidvest Group Limited, which is headquartered in South Africa.
SAFC is also the first football club in the world to form a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.