Challenges facing tourism in Uganda – Uganda Safaris & Tours
Tourism in Uganda has successfully improved and developed but it is still facing some challenges which have greatly affected the safaris tours with in the country. These challenges include; Limited marketing due to insufficient funding is a serious problem facing the tourism industry and it has retarded many people internationally to know Uganda as a tourist destination hence affecting safaris to Uganda.
High competition from neighboring countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. These countries are selling the same products like Uganda and this has affected Uganda’s tourism sector since it’s considered a land locked country and most tourists go to the neighboring for safaris.
Poor service delivery particularly in hotels has greatly affected the tourism industry in Uganda. This comes about as a result of poor handling of the visitors when they come here for their safaris. This is brought about by the unskilled workers that are employed in hotels most especially the lodges in tourist’s destinations.
Tours and travel have been cited as some of the key challenges holding back the once vibrant industry. Some tour and travel companies are not viable at operating the industry and so this has affected the industry since such tour companies aren’t reliable to their operations of the safaris in Uganda.
Lack of a national carrier, high air fares and inadequate physical infrastructure for internal flight connections; have further dealt a blow to the sector. This has affected the industry since most of the clients are always delayed because of the problems of the connections since Entebbe international Airport doesn’t handle direct flights.
East African aviation statistics show that unlike her neighbors like Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania that allocate $23 million, $10 million and $5 million in tourism marketing, Uganda invests only $300,000.This has affected the marketing of Uganda as a tourist destination.
Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours updates 2013