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Tourism brings Shs8.8Trillion and more jobs

By View Uganda

The Ugandan tourism ministry’s growth according to researchers has been impeccable. Speaking at the recently concluded 10th Annual Tourism Sector Review Conference, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities highlighted the areas of growth. 

"The sector has continued to register significant and progressive improvements as shown by several development indicators such as tourist arrivals, foreign exchange earnings, growth in domestic tourism, employment and tourism business among others,” he said.


 “For example in 2018, Uganda’s tourist arrivals grew by 7.4 percent from 1.402 million in 2017 to 1.505 million. The foreign exchange earnings also grew by 10.1 percent from US$ 1.45 billion in 2017 to US$ 1.6 billion. A total of 667,600 people were employed in the Travel and Tourism industry, which constitutes to nearly 6.7 of Uganda's Labor force.”


His key notes which were highlighted by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) also delved into what attracted this growth. “This visible success is attributed to the combined efforts by various stakeholders including the Ministry, its agencies, the Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners, and NRM Government that has provided security and safety for the sector to flourish,” he said. “There is no doubt about the centrality of Tourism sector in driving the economy of the Country."


Tourism sector performance facts- UTB

  1. Tourist arrivals grew from 1.42mn in 2017 to 1.505M in 2018
  2. Foreign exchange earnings grew from US$1.45Bn in 2017 to US$1.6Bn in 2018
  3. GDP contribution in 2018 stands at UGX 8.4Trillions (7.7%).
  4. Tourism contributed 667,600 jobs (6.7% of total employment).
  5. Protected Area visitation grew by 13.9% from 285,671 in 2017 to 325,345 in 2018.
  6. UWEC visitation grew by 9.8% from 331,625 visitors in 2017 to 364,121.
  7. Source of the Nile visitation by 59.4% from 102,324 visitors to 163,117.
  8. MICE revenue in 2018 at US$1,191,715
  9. Hotel Room occupancy for 2018 stands at 50.9% with lodged posting up to 75%.
  10. To manage human wildlife conflicts, 50.9km of new trenches and maintenance of 210Km of old trench, 8Km of electric fence and 1,435 beehives.
  11. A total of 3,208 schools reached with conservation education message.
  12. Enrollment at HTTI stands at 278 and UWRTI at 100.
  13. Over 1,613 tourism service providers trained in service standards in 2018.


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