Uganda’s tourism sector has received a boost €6 million (26 billion Shillings) form European Union. The funding will enable recovery of the sector.
It is remitted through the Uganda Development Bank, UDB, as part of the deal where UDB will provide another 39. 4 billion Shillings. The EU partnership comes at a time that the country is slowly opening up the sector starting with domestic tourism, which will also be allowed in phases to control the numbers of people visiting protected areas.
The funds will also go a long way in enabling the operators to upgrade their facilities especially in line with the standard operating procedures set by the Ministry of Health and government tourism sector agencies.
Hundreds of tour operators suspended operations and more than six per cent of Uganda’s labour force lost their employment when the pandemic brought activities to a halt.
The operators have also to recover from revenues lost when prospective visitors made cancellations, with some tourists likely to demand compensation.
UDB Director for Finance and Business Operations Denis Ocheing says that the funding is separate from the government’s rescue package meant for the small and medium enterprises.
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