The history of ZanAir can be traced back to the year of 1991 when Carl G. Salisbury arrived on Zanzibar with a Piper Seneca 2 on the 4th of May at 2:00 pm. While working as a pilot, he was among the pioneers who realized that the tourism industry on Zanzibar was going to expand and that some things needed to change. After establishing his airline ZanAir in 1992, he recognized that at that time were only a few companies dealing with transportation to and from the airport using big Dala Dalas. Although Carl and his first partner didn’t have much experience in this industry, they weren’t afraid to take matters into their own hands – ZanTours, established in 1996 and in full operation since 1997.
“We brought mini buses and large quality buses with air-conditioning to Zanzibar, serving the most urgent needs on the island.” Carl G. Salisbury (MBE)
Nowadays there are a dozen of tour companies but ZanTours is still the leading full service Destination Management Company with a mission to always rethink procedures and do things differently. Based on Carl’s pioneer mindset it is always ZanTours going the next step – whether it’s in the company reservation system to optimize coordination, or to maintain the fleet in its own car workshop, or to bring in new types of passenger transporters or luxury vehicles or just paying attention to better customer care by having refreshing cold towels and cold water prepared in each vehicle.
Despite the fact that the tourism industry on Zanzibar has changed a lot, ZanTours has always kept up with market trends and has never stopped upgrading and improving itself. When it started 20 years ago, ZanTours just grabbed the opportunity to provide the needed service – today it has grown into a well-structured company with a clear strategy and high professionals working on its mission every single day. ZanTours not only hires people to fulfil requested services – one of the biggest aims of its management is to educate and train the staff to fit the international standards and grow and develop every single staff member in its job career.