Tourism Sector of Uganda
Uganda’s tourism sector is the fastest growing sectors in Uganda and grew by 21% in 2012. It generated US$85.3 million (UGX 2,132.6 billion) and is forecast to rise by 2.8% in 2013. In 2012, Uganda was voted as number one tourist destination by Lonely Planet. Tourism sector has been recognised by government as priority area for the economic development of the country.
The government has embarked on the process of creating a conducive environment for attracting investments into the sector. The government affirmative actions include the following:
- A dedicated Ministry of Tourism
- A government funded Uganda Tourism Board
- A government funded Uganda Wildlife Authority
- A dedicated Ministry of Water and Environment
- Partnerships with the private sector and donor community in mobilizing resources for investment in tourism supporting infrastructure
A lot of private sector investment has been mobilized for hotels, transport, apartments and conference facilities. A lot more is required in transport, airport improvement, capacity building, accommodation facilities in the national parks and creating other wildlife protected areas.
The tourism sector legal framework is under the Act of 2008 as summarised below;
The Act was passed to consolidate and streamline the law relating to tourism in order to provide for licensing, regulating and controlling of the tourism sector and to give effect to the implementation of the tourism policy of Government and to reconstitute the Uganda Tourist Board to make it private sector driven.
The regulatory framework includes the following key players;
Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities
The ministry is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies, plans and programs that promote tourism, wildlife and cultural heritage conservation for socio-economic development and transformation of the country.
Uganda Tourism Board has served the country in ensuring the success and growth of tourism in Uganda. The Board is responsible for promoting and popularising Uganda as a viable holiday destination both locally and internationally in order to:
- Increase the contribution of tourism earnings and GDP
- Improve Uganda’s competitiveness as an international tourism destination
- Increase Uganda’s share of Africa’s and World tourism market.
UWA is responsible for management and conservation of wildlife in Uganda, both in and outside the wildlife protected areas (PAs) that is National Parks, Wildlife Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries.UWA also promotes public participation in wildlife management using mechanism such as wildlife use rights as a means of eradicating poverty, through community conservation programs and promoting wildlife as a form of land use.
This department plays a role in policy determination, formulation and implementation, coordination and development of strategies for sustainable tourism development in the country.
This was established in March 1995 under the Uganda Trustees Act mandated with ensuring that the biodiversity and ecosystem of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) are conserved in harmony with development needs of the surrounding communities.
This was established as a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognized collaborative conservation effort geared towards developing and implementing a long term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitats.
The Rhino Fund Uganda
This was established as a public private partnership initiative with the overall aim of re-introducing Rhinos in Uganda. The Fund manages the Rhino Sanctuary which is undertaking breeding for reintroduction of Rhinos into the wild and currently there are 13 Rhinos at the sanctuary
The information in the sector is organised as below;
Tourism Sector Profile
Forests in Uganda
Hot Springs in Uganda
Infrastructure Support for Uganda Tourism
Islands of Uganda
Lakes of Uganda
Mountains in Uganda
National parks in Uganda
Rivers in Uganda
Water Falls in Uganda
Eco Tourism sites in Uganda
Historical sites in Uganda
Cultures of Uganda
Gorillas of Uganda
Chimpanzees of Uganda
Tourism and visitor Arrivals
Hotel and Apartment Accommodation in Uganda
Investment opportunities in Tourism Sector
Tourist/Visitor Attractions in Kampala
Attractions in Soroti Town