Govt Targets $360m Annually In Tourism Earnings

UGANDA is targeting $360m per year in earnings from the tourism industry in the next 10 years, reports Gerald Tenywa.
Speaking at the launch of the new tourism policy on Friday, top officials in the tourism industry predicted that the industry would achieve sustained growth with the formulation of the policy. 
The launch, which attracted government agencies and the private sector engaged in tourism, was one of the activities organised to commemorate the World tourism day. The national celebrations were held at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. 
State Minister for tourism, Jovino Akaki said tourism had become the top foreign exchange earner. 
“We have always looked at the potential of tourism, but now it is translated into utility,’’ he said. 
The tourist arrivals have been increasing and the anticipated tourism revenue this year is $194m up from $163m last year. 
Akaki said the policy, which aims at sustaining the tourism growth to earn $360m per year in the next 10 years would target few rich tourists. 
He said the policy emphasised attraction of special tourists interests such as water rafting, bird watching, mountain climbing and cultural explorations. 
Dr. Wolfgang Thome of Uganda Tourism Association said if properly harnessed, tourism would become the engine of growth for the economy. Ends

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