So, what about Tanzania and those monstrous price increases we have been telling you about concession fees quadrupled or quintupled and trophy fees on elephant, lion and leopard increased through the roof (elephant from $5,000 to $15,000; lion and leopard from $2,500 to $12,000 each)? At this late date, unbelievably, the fee impasse is still not settled. According to the government, the fee increases remain officially in place for 2007, while the operators maintain they have an agreement with the government that makes them illegal. Word reaching us is, operators are in a near state of panic over marketing for 2008. They can't print brochures or price lists. Meanwhile, no one knows what will happen when application is made to ship the first 2007 trophies. Will the government actually demand that the new fees be paid? If so, how will small companies be able to do that? Will clients simply abandon their trophies?
The glimmer of good news at press time is, TAHOA (Tanzania Hunting Operators Association) has backed away from taking the government to court over the fee increases, presumably because they feel a solution to the problem can be found. Let's hope so, as we know hundreds of subscribers either have trophies ready to be shipped from Tanzania or they are holding a booking for 2008. Millions of dollars are hanging in the balance. Maybe even the future of Tanzania as a hunting country. We are following this closely and will issue an E-Mail Extra News Bulletin as soon as something happens. You can upgrade to E-Mail Extra by going to our web site, or by calling us at 800-272-5656.