Evaluating Leisure and Recreation Study Programmes in Training Institutions in Tanzania: Implications for Tourism Development and Destination Competitiveness
This article evaluates provision of leisure and recreation studies in registered training institutions in Tanzania. Data were collected from online databases and analysed quantitatively. The analysis shows that most of the training institutions focus largely on tourism and hospitality 20.37% (n = 11), hotel management 18.52% (n = 10) and tour guiding 18.52% (n = 10). Currently, there are no institutions offering trainings in leisure and recreation as independent study programmes at all levels (Certificate, Diploma, Degree). The article argues that for Tanzania to take fully advantages of the myriad of its natural resources, training institutions in the country should encompass leisure and recreation as standalone training programmes instead of being entrenched as a topic in other existing tourism study programmes. As tourism continues to grow in Tanzania more experts in leisure and recreation will be required to carter for various needs of tourists, since tourism is a form of recreation which occurs during leisure.