Uganda Tourism Growth Rate is Fastest in Africa, Surpassing South Africa

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According to the Kenya’s Secretary of Tourism, Dr. Nelson Githinji, Uganda is now in the top position in tourism industry growth in Africa. According to the 2011 tourism review in Africa, Uganda’s tourism sector grew by 25% in 2011 while that of South Africa and Tanzania realized growth of 21% and 13.4%, respectively.

Githinji observed that Uganda’s tourism growth is attributed to its tourist estination hubs, such as Queen Elizabeth National Park; Murchison Falls Park; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, renowned for its mountain gorillas, and more.

He said Uganda is also spinning on a pivot of new dynamics that are driving its tourism sector as the Asians begin to become a part of its market. “There has been a shift in the market as China, South Korea, and Japan take the lead, which was [been] dominated by the traditional countries such as [the] United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany,” he said. He also attributed Uganda’s impressive tourism growth to the stability of the country in respect to guaranteed security.

Githinji made the remarks during the opening of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2012 at Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi on Thursday. The Expo was organized by the Kenya Tourist Board and it attracted over 170 tour and travel agencies across the globe.

The expo has grown tremendously over the past year, as seen from the 19 tour and travel agencies it attracted in 2011…

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