Tourists visiting East African countries spend the least number days of their stay in Uganda. The latest figures indicate that on average, tourists spend only 1 and half days in the country compared to several days they spend in other East African countries. Andrew Seguya, the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority says the situation is worrying.
Seguya attributes the few days tourists spend in Uganda to poor facilities and infrastructure. He says more effort must be made to improve on the facilities in the country to attract the tourists to stay longer. Seguya says those who come must have value for money so that they can be compelled to attract others.
He has implored the government to increase funding for marketing and development of facilities that will make tourists enjoy the country;
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Raymond Engena, the Director Tourism Development and Business Service at Uganda Wildlife Authority says currently in addition to spending few days, Uganda also lacks accurate data on the number of tourists who visit the country.
He says currently the government depends on the number of arrivals at the airport irrespective of whether they are tourists or those who come for other businesses. He says to plan better; the two must be separated so that strategies can be developed to attract more tourists;
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Engena says there must be a deliberate effort to ascertain the exact number of those who come for leisure so that appropriate facilities can be developed for them.