Tourism earns economy Shs7.3b

Tourists take photos of buffaloes during a game drive around Murchison Falls National Park in Masindi District recently. Tourism is now a big earner to the economy. Photo by Dominic Bukenya

What you need to know:

  • The minister for Tourism, Mr Ephraim Kamuntu, said the sector has recorded a fair performance but can do more particularly by developing the domestic market in Uganda.
  • According to the report, there was 1.7 per cent increase in total employment during 2015, with more than one million people benefiting directly and indirectly from the tourism sector.

Kampala. Figures from the 7th Annual Tourism Sector Performance Report indicate that tourism continues to be a pillar of Uganda’s economy, contributing nearly Shs7.3b to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the financial year 2015/2016. This translates into 9 per cent of the country’s GDP. This was an increase from Shs6.3b in 2014/15 financial year.
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) chief executive officer, Mr Stephen Asiimwe, attributed the growth to increased interest in Uganda’s tourist destinations.

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