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Uganda: Growth of Local Tourism Key to Rise From Covid-19 Losses

Sam Mwandha, the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, spoke to Bamuturaki Musinguzi on how the pandemic has impacted the country’s travel and tourism sectors

The government recently eased the Covid-19 restrictions and reopened Entebbe International Airport. What does this mean for the country’s travel and tourism sector?

We can now have visitors come into the country and travel out freely. However, many tourists are likely to postpone their travel for many reasons including loss of income and also the pandemic is still not under control. There is limited travel so it will be a while before we get the tourism numbers up again.

In UWA’s assessment, what impact has the pandemic had on the travel and tourism industry in Uganda?

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the tourism industry in Uganda to a level never experienced before and this will continue to be the case for a long time. Transport costs have gone up because vehicles and planes take fewer people, thus raising the cost.

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