Tourism industry calls on government to come up with a raft of measures on the sector
Tourism industry players call on government to come up with a raft of measures to cushion the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic on the sector saying it is one of the hardest-hit industries in which thousands risk losing jobs.
The chief executive officer of Great Lakes Safaris Amos Wekesa says COVID19 has already brought the county’s tourism and hotel industry sector to its knees due to the many tourist cancellations after the suspension of international flights.
He says as a result, many hotels have been shut down and workers sent home while 85 percent of tour operators are on the verge of getting kicked out of business.
Wekesa says government could explore the possibility of tax deferrals and tax incentives for the tourism industry as well as waiving utility bills such as water and electricity for hoteliers for March and April.
This during the e-conference organized by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda in partnership with UN Women under the theme “Inclusive economic stimulus strategies, opportunities and linkages” in the unprecedented times of COVID-19.