This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 8/3/2017

Overview
The Ugandan tourism sector continues to grow and saw $805 million in revenues in 2011 and $834 million in 2012. About 1.3 million tourists visited Uganda in 2015—a slight increase from 1.26 million in 2014.  Uganda’s tourism sector contributed about 10 percent to Uganda’s GDP in FY 2014/2015, becoming the country’s top earner of foreign exchange.  Uganda’s tourism sector is highly sensitive to negative publicity from other parts of the African continent, with news of disease outbreaks or political instability anywhere on the continent negatively affecting Uganda’s tourism numbers.
 
International airlines, such as Kenya Airways, Egyptian Airways, Ethiopian Airways, South African Airways, Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, SN Brussels, KLM, Turkish Airways, Qatar Airways, and RwandAir, have regular flights in and out of Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport.
 
The Kampala Serena and the Sheraton are Kampala's premier hotels.  Marriott Hotels now operates two Protea Hotels in Uganda — one in Kampala and one near Entebbe International Airport.  Uganda boasts several notable tourist attractions including the Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, for game watching; the Rwenzori Mountains for mountaineering; the source of the Nile and the Nile River for bird watching, white water rafting, and kayaking; and Lake Victoria for a variety of water sports. Uganda is one of only three countries with mountain gorilla populations.  Tourists can visit groups of gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks in southwestern Uganda.  Gorilla watching passes are a major source of revenue for the parks and for gorilla conservation efforts.  Tourists can see rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which is working to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda’s parks.
 
Improved transportation networks and upgraded tourist facilities would enable Uganda to take full advantage of its tourism potential.

Travel and Tourism Stats

2012

2013

2014

2015

Non-resident Arrivals

1,196,765

1,206,334

1,266,046

1,302,802

Resident Arrivals

1,089,581

1,187,710

1,220,167

1,310,199

Visitors to National Parks

182,149

213,950

202,885

215,558

Leading Sub-Sectors
Biodiversity:  Uganda’s wildlife parks offer tourists opportunities to trek into remote biodiverse environments to interact with endangered species like the mountain gorilla.  Tourists also can enjoy chimpanzee trekking as well as go on safaris to observe savannah wildlife such as lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, and countless birdlife.

Adventure:  Uganda claims to be the source of the Nile River at the town of Jinja.  Adventurous tourists can book whitewater rafting or go bungee jumping over the Nile.


Opportunities
Biodiversity hospitality:  The Uganda Tourism Board is partnering with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to offer investors concessions on the outskirts of Ugandan national parks to spur further hospitality investments.

Web Resources
Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities
Uganda Wildlife Authority
Uganda Tourism Association
Uganda Investment Authority 

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Uganda Travel and Tourism Trade Development and Promotion