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IGAD Tourism Master Plan launched

09 December 2013, 18:55

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a sustainable Tourism Master Plan for the Inter-governmental Authority on Development member states.

Launching the tourism master plan, Kenyatta said the member countries should focus on national and regional priorities in tourism development by enhancing security and infrastructural development.

“I wish to call upon all member states to prioritise the sector and mainstream issues raised in the master plan and in National Tourism development programmes,”he said.

The President noted that the tourism industry had continued to register significant growth globally and is now recognized by both the developed nations and emerging economies as an important economic sector.

“Globally, international tourist arrivals have grown from about 250 million arrivals in 1950s to 1 billion international tourist arrivals to date. The industry presently accounts for over 9 percent Gross Domestic Product of slightly over one trillion US dollars annually and employs 8.7 percent of the global workforce,” he said.

IGAD member countries consist of Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Southern Sudan, Eritrea and Uganda was established in 1996.

The region has registered upward growth over the last two decades. The total number of arrivals has grown from about 1.5 million tourists in
1995 to over 4.1 million tourists in 2011.

As a result, the sector in IGAD member states has grown to 10 percent in some member states.

- CAJ News


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