6 IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM INDUSTRY TO THE ECONOMY OF UGANDA

6 IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM INDUSTRY TO THE ECONOMY OF UGANDA
  • Uganda has earned foreign exchange in form of invisible export from thousands of tourists who visit the country from Europe, Asia and from other continents due to her tourist potentials. Such income has been used to rehabilitate roads, set up heath units, etc.




  • The industry has provided employment opportunities to many Ugandans such as those working in Hotel like Serena, tour and travel agencies, game guides like in Queen Elizabeth N.P. This has earned income to workers and thus improved standards of living.
  • It has led to the conservation of wildlife of flora and fauna through gazetting and restricting of areas such as Bwindi impenetrable, Semulik N.P, forest reserves, etc. this has helped to modify Uganda’s climate by forests and protecting her heritage for future generation.
  • Tourism facilitate the development of important infrastructure such as air fields like Kasese air field to link Queen Elizabeth N.P, roads like Kampala-Gulu-Kitgum to access Kidepo N.P, health units, lodges like Mweya Safari lodge in Semulik N.P for tourist accommodation. These have led to the development of Uganda.




  • It has promoted and reflected the cultural heritage of Uganda i.e. historical sites like Bigobyamugenyi, museums like Uganda museum in Kamwokya-Kampala, cultural sites like Kasubi tombs, all protect Uganda’s image abroad.
  • Tourism has led to the development of the craft industry and agricultural sector by providing market to the products of such sectors like at the source of the Nile. This means provision of more jobs and income from craft industry thus improved living standards of Ugandans.
  • Tourism has led to the diversification of Uganda’s economy from over dependence on the agricultural sector. This has resulted into increased foreign exchange used to set up schools and health centers thus Uganda’s development.
  • It has improved on international relationship between Uganda and the countries like Norway, Germany and Britain, where tourists come from. This has helped Uganda to become politically stable.
  • Training of skilled manpower like hotel attendants, game guides, etc.




  • Government revenue through taxing tourist transport companies, tourists hotels, etc.
  • Growth of urban centers like Kasese town
  • Promoted environmental conservation through forest reserves, gazetting of national parks like Kidepo.
  • It has promoted education and research in botany and zoology.
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