Integration, investments to hasten EA tourism growth


  • Kampala. Endowed with an enduring natural diversity, great climate, rich cultures and receptive people, East Africa is one of Africa’s leading tourism destinations. Recently, US based New York Times ranked Tanzania and Uganda among the top 45 destinations tourists should visit in 2012.

    The New York Times described Tanzania as an upscale safari destination saying: “In the last several years, tourist numbers visiting Tanzania have edged up according to the East African travel specialists Hippo Creek Safaris and Abercrombie & Kent.”

    According to the New York Times, the rapid growth of Tanzania’s tourist infrastructure has been one of the factors explaining the rapid growth in tourist numbers. Uganda, another country recognised in the region as a fast growing tourism destination, has according to the New York Times, been helped by stable and sustainable tourism, restoring the country’s lustre.

    Uganda is perhaps best known to tourists as the home of half of the world’s last remaining subtle creatures—mountain gorillas. Beyond the up-close gorilla encounters, Uganda is also the source of the Nile, and boasts of mountains considered among the highest in Africa — the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori Mountains National Park — and offers formidable white-water rapids to thrill seKenya—the region’s leading market player, is still ahead of other regional member states even as attacks on tourists continue to threaten one of the country’s largest revenue earners.

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