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EAC joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Tourism Day

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 25 September 2020: The East African Community (EAC) joins the rest of the world in celebrating the World Tourism Day, celebrated on the 27th of September every year. Themed “Tourism and Rural Development”, the official 2020 celebration will be held on Monday, 28 September at 15:00 (CEST), in a two-hour virtual session. 

Nowhere else in the world is this year’s theme more fitting than the EAC Partner States, as most of the tourism products in the region are mainly nature based and thus found in the rural areas. The EAC region largely depends on national parks and reserves, as well as wildlife conservancies that traverse the entire region.  

Home to some of the beautiful wildlife sites in the world, the EAC region hosts a quarter of all protected areas in Africa and some of the greatest global concentrations of large mammals in both protected and non-protected areas. The region is known for the unparalleled phenomenon of wildebeest migration that occurs annually between July and October in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara Ecosystem that traverses Kenya and Tanzania, as well as other world renown tourist sites such as the Ngorongoro conservation area, Amboseli National Park and Gorilla viewing in Rwanda and Uganda among others. 

Besides wildlife, the region boasts of rich cultural diversity that arises from different ethnic groups, each with a unique story to share with the world.  

The communities in rural areas especially those living adjacent to the wildlife conservation areas have an opportunity to benefit from the tourism sector along the entire value chain. These include employment opportunities in the hotels and other tourism related establishments, entrepreneurship in the form of sell of artifacts, and most importantly in some community's benefit from revenue sharing schemes that have been established under the conservation areas.  

The EAC has made major strides in putting up infrastructure in the region such as increased road connectivity between and within the Partner States, which has opened up tourism areas and enhanced access to tourist sites. 

The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of the Productive and Social Sectors Hon. Christophe Bazivamo notes that the tourism sector’s contribution to GDP in the region is estimated at 9%, and an average of 20% of export earnings. “As regards employment, the tourism industry contributes an average of 8% to job creation in the Partner States, which is about 4.2 million direct and indirect jobs in absolute terms, with a huge proportion of the jobs being generated in the rural areas”. Said Hon. Bazivamo. 

“Tourism has important backward linkages to the local economy and therefore contributes to growth and employment in other sectors including agriculture and manufacturing that benefit the local communities,” added the Deputy Secretary General. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented economic disruptions that have dramatically affected the tourism sector in the region.  This has had far reaching effects especially to the rural communities that depend on tourism through loss of jobs and livelihoods.  

However, the EAC recognizes Tourism as one of the most resilient sectors and is therefore prioritizing its recovery. The recovery of the sector is also expected to stimulate the recovery of allied sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, that will also benefit rural communities.  

To this end, a number of measures and interventions to revitalize the tourism sector have been proposed. Topping the list is the need to strengthen domestic and regional tourism, which is expected to recover faster than international tourism. The EAC Partner States are therefore encouraged to undertake aggressive domestic tourism campaigns in order to stimulate demand for tourism goods and services by the domestic market.  In addition, the EAC proposes strengthening market access for small and medium enterprises, local communities, women and youth by enhancing their marketing and promotion skills through digital platforms. 

“As we re-think and re-engineer the tourism sector following the Pandemic, we will continue putting a lot emphasis on the local communities to ensure that they optimally benefit from the tourism sector in line with the spirit of the EAC Treaty that puts the EAC Citizens at the centre”, said Hon. Bazivamo. 

Please see the below information to be part of the 2020 World Tourism Day virtual session: 

https://unwto-org.zoom.us/j/84228691079?pwd=YXF5aVJHZnFTVlNwcjN0VmFy UElxZz09

Meeting ID: 842 2869 1079 

Passcode: 081429 

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For more information, please contact:

Simon Peter Owaka
Senior Public Relations Officer
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 768 552087
Email: sowaka [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of six Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001: 2015 Certified

 

5th edition of the Swahili International Tourism Expo 2019 concludes in Dar

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 21st October, 2019The EAC Secretariat participated at the 3-day Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE) which took place at the Milimani City Conference Hall in Dar-es-Salaam ; Tanzania, from 18th to 20th October, 2019.

Officiating the opening of the exhibition, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism; Hon. Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla began by welcoming all exhibitors, visitors and international stakeholders to the event. He commended the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism for their successful efforts in organizing the 5th SITE, 2019 in collaboration with the Tanzanian Tourism Board and other key stakeholders within the tourism sector including the EAC Tourism Department.

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H.E. Paul Kagame Tours EAC Partner States Stand at WTM in London

EAC Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 8th November 2017:

H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda on Monday 6th November, 2017, toured the EAC Partner States stand at the World Travel Market (WTM) and recognized the joint tourism promotion efforts by the Partner States. The President was at the World Tourism Market to receive his World Tourism Awards given in recognition of his efforts to foster sustainable tourism development in Rwanda. The award exemplified the commitment by East African leaders in promoting sustainable tourism.

Meanwhile, the EAC High Commissioners/ Ambassadors in London, Heads of Tourism Boards for Partner States, and the Secretariat staff held a pre- WTM meeting on 5th November 2017 at the Uganda High Commission premises.

The objective of the meeting was to provide the High Commissioners and Ambassadors with information on the current status of the Tourism sector in the EAC region and on the agreed priorities for the next financial year and in the 5th EAC Development Strategy, as well as to review the programme of the EAC joint event with Partner States at the World Travel Market.

The meeting was co-chaired by the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo and the Uganda High Commissioner, H.E Julius Moto. 

H.E Moto welcomed the participants to the meeting and observed that tourism sector was quite significant for EAC economies and therefore it required concerted promotional efforts. He further noted that joint participation at the World Travel Market was quite critical given that it was the largest international trade fair with an attendance of about 50,000 people. “This offers the EAC as a region and the Partner States an opportunity to market their tourism products and therefore the need to gear marketing efforts towards high spending tourists to ensure maximum benefits for the region” noted Uganda’s High Commissioner in the UK.

The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors highlighted major undertakings and progress made in the EAC integration process that include; EAC being recognized as one of the fastest growing regions in Sub-Saharan Africa and the largest regional economic blocs with the largest single market in Africa with a total population of about 170 million.

The EAC official briefed the Envoys on how EAC had become a fully-fledged Single Customs Territory since 2014 with major benefits such as reduced turnaround times in clearance and transportation of goods across borders. Other milestones include implementation of Common Market Protocol and significant removal of non-tariff barriers to trade; and the development of the EAC International e-passport and Partner States such as Kenya and Burundi have started issuing the passport.

Other High Commissioners/ Ambassadors in attendance were; H.E. Ernest Ndabashinze, Ambassador of Burundi in the United Kingdom (UK); H.E Lazarus O. Amayo, Kenya’s High Commissioner in UK; H.E Asha-Rose Migiro, High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania in UK; Mr. David Ruvibi from Rwanda High Commission, and Maker A. Deng from the Embassy of South Sudan.

The EAC team also met the UN World Tourism Organization Director of Programme for Africa, Ms. Elcia Grandcourt on 7th November 2017, with whom they discussed possible areas of technical co-operation in tourism. These will include development of quality assurance mechanisms for the tourism sector, harmonization of tourism statistics, and development of a regional tourism marketing strategy. 

The two institutions will enter into an MoU on technical co-operation. The possibility of staging an EAC-UNWTO joint conference in East Africa was also discussed. The objective would be to build capacity of key tourism stakeholders.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 2008:9001 Certified

EAC Official commends Parter States for Promoting Tourism and Wildlife Management Sector

East African Community Secretariat; Arusha, Tanzania; 10 April 2017:|
The Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, has commended the EAC Partner States for their willingness to promote Tourism and Wildlife Management sector in a coordinated manner as illustrated by their renewed commitment in supporting regional tourism development and wildlife conservation, in the overall context advancing the EAC integration agenda.

The Deputy Secretary General, who was addressing Partner States’ delegates attending the just concluded 7th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Tourism and Wildlife Management in Kampala, Uganda, reiterated the need to continuously market the region as a single destination and the need for the region to enhance its marketing strategies not only internationally but also regionally.

Hon. Christophe Bazivamo further noted that in the last decade, the region had witnessed a decline in wildlife population exacerbated by poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products and commended the discussions by Partner States on anti-poaching initiatives being carried out in the region by individual Partner states and how those initiatives could be merged into a regional action plan to deal with poaching activities of wildlife and wildlife products.

The 7th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Tourism and Wildlife Management considered amongst others; implementation status of previous decisions and directives of the Sectoral Councils/Council; the draft Regional Strategy to Combat Poaching and Illegal Trafficking of Wildlife and Wildlife products; the draft Terms of Reference for the two Sub-Committees on Tourism and Wildlife Conservation and Management; and Progress report of the activities of the Tourism and Wildlife Management Sector in general, including the draft Protocol of Cooperation in Tourism and Wildlife Management. The implementation of the Single Tourist Visa by all partner states was also tabled.

The Chair of the Sectoral Council commended the good work done by the Partner States in deliberating on key issues and reviewing progresses in the implementation of previous decisions and recommending the way forward for efficient and successful implementation of the tourism development and wildlife conservation programs and initiatives by the EAC. More importantly, he underscored the focus by Partner States on how to enhance their individual synergies to create the much-needed visibility but also to strategize on how to become a competitive block in relation to other tourist destinations.

The EAC Council of Ministers have recognized the serious threats to the survival of many wildlife species in the region and recommended the EAC Secretariat to develop regional strategy to combat poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products. That strategy has been developed and awaits adoption by the Sectoral Council for its implementation.

The Sectoral Council meeting in Kampala also noted that progress had been made by the EAC in marketing the region with the view of ensuring that the sector makes tangible impact on the lives of the people of the region. It was noted that the region stands to benefit holistically from the Single Tourist Visa Regime. Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda were commended for introducing and implementing the Single Tourist Visa.

The meeting directed the EAC Secretariat to expedite crafting of a road map to guide the full implementation of the Single Tourist Visa Regime by all EAC Partner States.


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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

 


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