Making a Difference


Stone Town’s Top Hotels Making a Difference in Zanzibar

The founder, Emerson Skeens, a Zanzibar resident of 25 years found his niche in Zanzibar and saw opportunities to use his manifold talents and brilliant mind to create two flourishing magnificent hotels.

Besides the contribution of Emerson’s Foundation to Zanzibar, the hotels follow a corporate social responsibility strategy that continues to support Zanzibar’s community in various ways. This includes contributing to Tawabiina Sober House in support of their daily operations, supporting people recovering from drug addiction, to the active promotion of local artists by offering exhibition space and a stage to local upcoming musicians in the two hotels.

Responsible Tourism Tanzania

Emerson Zanzibar is certified by Responsible Tourism Tanzania.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania is about encouraging and promoting a more sustainable tourism industry within Tanzania. It stands for protecting and caring for the diverse cultures of the country, as well as its natural environment, whilst optimizing on business and economic sustainability.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) has developed a set of standards for Responsible Tourism in Tanzania. With future plans of having RTTZ formally recognized’ and even accredited by Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), The standards have been written in line with those of the GSTC, giving any RTTZ certified Tanzanian company the same international repute. Emerson Zanzibar is certified at Sapling level.   Read More

Emerson Zanzibar

The Community

Emerson Zanzibar is proud to work with people from various backgrounds, each with their own talents, which contributes to its success.

The staff members of the hotels started a ‘Kamati’, which is run by the staff members themselves and which has helped the members to get loans to start small businesses, build homes and support education for their children. This also contributes to a special team spirit among the people working with Emerson Zanzibar.