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Minister Defends Proposed Tourism Development Tax

A delegation from India and local tour guides pose for a photo during Gorilla tracking in Bwindi/Courtesy photo

The Minister of State for Tourism, Martin Mugara has defended the proposal by Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism to introduce a Tourism Development Tax.

The minister was launching the parliamentary Forum for conservation and sustainable Tourism held at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

In September this year, the Committee proposed a levy of 10 dollars to be charged on each ticket for every person who departs from Uganda by air transport. It was approved by Parliament.

The proposed Tourism Development Levy is to be used to develop wildlife tourism and increase the number of tourists visiting the attractions in the country.

Minister Mugara said that he is not happy with some players in the tourism sector opposing the proposed Tourism Development Levy.

He says that Uganda was affected so much by the Covid-19 pandemic, but tourism is currently the quickest recovering sector.

He says that by the end of this year, Uganda will hit revenue earnings worth Shs1billion despite the impact of COVID -19 induced lockdowns.

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