TOURISM BECOMES UGANDA’S CHIEF EXPORT – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
Uganda is one of the Africa’s prime safari destinations which prompt many travellers to undertake safaris to Uganda. It is very rich in tourism products ranging from nature to cultural products which have set a good ground for various tourist activities like gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris, Chimpanzee trekking among other activities. This in turn enables it to earn a lot in terms of foreign exchange.
Uganda’s economy has been deriving its export earnings from the remittances of workers backed by coffee. However, this has been brought down by the tourism sector which has emerged as number one foreign exchange earner bringing $1.4bn in the year 2013/2014 according to the monetary policy statement released by the Central Bank. This is a great pull from the last year’s figure of $1.1bn.
This kind of performance has been attributed to the positive and shining publicity that has transpired in the international travel catalogues including Lonely planet – the famous online travel magazine that identified Uganda as number one destination for 2012 citing wonders like the source of the Nile, meeting point for West African Jungle and the East African Savannah, snowcapped mountains of Rwenzori, the endangered mountain gorillas and a conclusive remark that Uganda summarizes all Africa tourism attractions – something that have contributed to increase in safaris to Uganda.
Uganda is considered a great destination for birders with about 1,058 species of birds equaling to 11% of the world’s birds and half of Africa bird species. This always lures birders and bird lovers on safari in Uganda into a memorable safari encounter.
The increased safaris to Uganda meant increase in revenue and foreign exchange generated thus explaining the rise of tourism sector as the top forex earner for the country in 2013/2014.
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