Uganda had her new National budget 2014/2015 read yesterday. The tour operators and the Uganda Tourism Boards were however not happy with the Budget because it did not favor the tourism sector. This is so because higher taxes were imposed on the sites used by the tourists while on their safaris in Uganda therefore making tourism in Uganda expensive hence hindering more Uganda safaris.
The VAT of 18 percent on the accommodations where the tourists stay while on their Uganda safari. These include the hotels, lodges, camps, and tents near and within the National parks and tourists attractions where tourists stay and relax from while on their safaris in Uganda. There also been an increase in the price of fuel by 50 ugx. This is also going to increase the charges for transport of the tourists on Uganda safaris.
The changes of the taxes with an increase are therefore going to make safaris to Uganda expensive and this will make it hard for Uganda to compete with other countries that participate in the tourism sector. This is therefore going to reduce Uganda safaris therefore under develop the tourism sector hence making Uganda’s economy poor. This is so because in Uganda tourism is the major foreign exchange earner and considered as an invisible export.
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