Uganda has lost approximately 2bUSD from tourism industry since the outbreak of Covid 19 in the country and world at large. This has revealed by the state minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi at Uganda media center Kampala ahead of cerebrating “world tourism day” to be held on 27th September 2020, at Fortportal where main celebrations will take palace under the theme “Tourism and rural community development”. Kiwanda says in the last financial year of 2019/2020, tourism contributed 10% of country’s GDP, and generated 1.6bUSD to the economic development of the country.
He adds that, the country will cerebrate this day commencing on 24th September, with the observation of SOPs as a measure to fight against the transmission of Covid 19, and various prominent tourism areas will be visited like Kasese, Mubende, Kibaale among others. Kiwanda pointed out floods as another factor which has also affected tourism sector, however he applauded government’s plan to reopen airport which he said will revamp the sector as foreign tourists will resume coming in the country