“Uganda is now ranked top in tourism industry growth in Africa.” Dr. Nelson Githinji said this due to the Gorilla trekking safaris that take place at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which ploughs in millions every year for Uganda.
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. This shows that tourism in Africa is at an increasing rate.
Githinji observed that Uganda’s tourism growth is attributed to its tourists’ destination hubs like Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison Falls park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – renowned for its Mountain Gorillas – and plenty more. All these potential tourist destinations have greatly led to increase in tourists who come to Uganda for safaris or visits.
He said Uganda is also spinning on a pivot of new dynamics that are driving its tourism sector as the Asians begin to be a part of its market. There has been a shift in the market as China, South Korea and Japan take the lead which was dominated by the traditional countries such as United States, United Kingdom, France and German, 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 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.
Agencies from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Australia, Germany, Britain, Australia, Korea United States and China showcased their products. This improved on the marketing of east African tourism products to the outside. Delegates from India, Scandinavia, Japan, Italy, Spain, Poland Saudi Arabia and France also took part at the showcase. This expo improved on safaris to the East African tourism sector.