IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE EAC TOURISM SECTOR

Tourism is considered as one of the largest foreign exchange earners and fastest-growing sectors in the EAC. According to the Report by EALA on tourism development in the EAC- 2018, tourist arrivals in the EAC region increased from 3.5 million persons in 2006 to 5.7 million persons in 2017.

Tourism contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the EAC Partner States by an average of 8.8% in 2017. The percentage contribution was higher than the average in
Rwanda (12.7%), Kenya (9.7%) and Tanzania (9%). Tourism contributes an average of 18.8% to EAC total exports, although the percentage contribution was higher, in
Rwanda (30.5%) and Tanzania (26%). The total contributions of tourism to export earnings were at 1.5% for Burundi, 18% for Kenya, and 17.9% for Uganda

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