By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania expects tourist numbers to double to 2 million by 2017, the state tourist board said, challenging regional rival Kenya where Islamist attacks have scared away visitors. Tanzania, famed for its pristine beaches and safari parks beneath snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, has always played second-fiddle to Kenya, which has a more developed tourism industry and better air links to the key markets in Europe and United States. "We expect to reach 2 million tourist arrivals by 2017," Devota Mdachi, acting managing director of the Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), told Reuters in an interview. "With more international airlines flying into Tanzania ... improved infrastructure, increased tourism investments and marketing, we can reach that target." Tanzania's tourist arrivals rose 1.7 percent in 2013 to 1.095 million, earning the country $1.85 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.