The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities launched a series of activities to commemorate the World Tourism Day.
Speaking to the media at the Uganda Media Centre, on Wednesday the 1st of September, Minister of Tourism Honourable Tom R. Butime said that this year’s theme “Tourism For Inclusive Growth” is ideally timed to contribute to the debate on tourism’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which places a high priority on local participation.
He further noted that the tourism sector has encountered major disruptions and losses since the pandemic began in 2020.
“Prior to the pandemic in 2019, Uganda welcomed over 1.5 million Visitors and received US Dollars 1.6 Billion in tourist revenue, this was cut to one third in the following year and the prospects of 2021 are equally bleak. The impact of these disruption on the industry investment, private sector enterprise and our conservation efforts is significant and requires support,” he revealed.
In his remarks, the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) Executive Director Doctor James Musinguzi highlighted the setbacks as a result of the pandemic.
“In financial year 20/21, we had projected to receive 380,000 visitors, but managed to receive 93,000. We performed at a rate of 25 percent. In terms of collection, we had projected to receive Ugx.6.6 billion and received Ugx. 1.2 billion.
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on 27TH September every year.
This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.
Uganda will join the rest of the world to celebrate the World Tourism Day at an ceremony that will be held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on Monday the 27th of September with activities prior.