Speaking in an interview with Uganda Radio Network, Dr. Andrew Seguya, the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority UWA, says this year they expect to have over one million tourists but less than the 1.4 million who visited the country last year.
Speaking in an interview with Uganda Radio Network, Dr. Andrew Seguya, the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), says this year they expect to have over one million tourists but less than the 1.4 million who visited the country last year.
As a result, explains Dr. Seguya, the country is expected to get over one billion Shillings but less than the 1.5 billion Shillings the country got from tourism in 2014.
Dr. Seguya attributes this to the Ebola crisis in West Africa as well as the Al-Shabaab attacks in Kenya, which, gave negative publicity for African tourism in general.
He, however, predicts that the sector will rebound in 2016 and post stronger results.
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According to Dr. Seguya, Bwindi National Park has been voted as the Number One birding spot in the world and one of the 20 places in the world to visit before you die, by Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site.
In addition to that, the national park has now been entered into Trip Advisor's hall of fame after garnering five certificates of excellence.
In addition, explains Dr. Seguya, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo National Park are among top tourist destinations in the world, while the climbing lion of Ishasha in 2010 was the Number One Picture in the world.
These accolades, says Dr. Seguya, has made Uganda a must visit for many foreign tourists.
Although over a million foreigners visit Uganda, not all visit the parks but just 100,000, while Ugandan park visitors are 250,000. This is a situation Dr. Seguya wants improved.
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The UWA chief says they are working on the infrastructure around the parks like roads to make them better
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The tourism sector is the biggest revenue earner contributing to 10 percent of Gross Domestic Product, surpassing Ugandan diaspora remittances, coffee and other exports like fish, flowers, cars, cotton and so forth. It employs 500,000 people directly and indirectly.