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Uganda turns to domestic tourism for sustainability, loss over covid-19 projected at Shs6trillion

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A deserted Entebbe International Airport this week
A deserted Entebbe International Airport this week

Uganda is projected to lose close to Shs6trillion of tourism revenue because of the COVID-19 and related restrictions.

The revelation has been made Thursday by Godfrey Ssubi Kiwanda, the state minister for Tourism.

“We have lost a full financial year and that is between $1.6billion to $2billions according to our projections,” he told media.

It is against this background that government has embarked on promotion of local tourism as a way of ensuring sustainability.

“I also want to call up on those who had paid to come here,

(that) you don’t need to cancel your bookings. We have come up with SOPs in our National Parks and they are all open now.”

It ought to be remembered that Uganda is set to reopen the airport that has been closed for six months.

Ayub Sooma, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA)’s director for airports and aviation security has already issued out the schedule for phase one of passenger flights to Entebbe International airport to various international airlines, including those of Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopia Airways, Kenya Airways, Rwanda Air and Uganda Airlines.

The schedule is effective Oct. 1 and will be in operation for the next three months.

‚ÄúThis is a tentative schedule for planning purposes. It is part of an ongoing internal discussion between the airport authority and air operators.”

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