To gain a clearer picture the situation on the Nile, near Jinja, Uganda, and why the Isimba dam currently poses such a drastic threat to the adventure tourism industry please view the following statement:
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Why damming Isimba Falls will destroy tourism on River Nile
taken from the Daily Monitor: September 14th 2013
“The proposed dam is likely to tamper with commercial activities along the course of the river like white-water rafting and kayaking operations which many believe will affect more than 100 tourism businesses in Jinja and beyond.”
“It would end adventure tourism in terms of rafting and kayaking on the river causing a major drop in tourist numbers and affecting businesses around and thousands of people who benefit from it. In the July 2013, World Bank Economic and Statistical analysis of Tourism in Uganda, adventure tourism was cited as the third most popular trip activity for leisure tourists coming to Uganda.
The 2013 World Bank report on Tourism in Uganda also indicates that leisure and cultural tourists spend 30 to 100 per cent more than other types of tourists per visit to Uganda
The total economic impact of the expenditures made by these half-million foreign tourists while in Uganda is large; expenditures totalled Shs1.1 trillion and generated Shs2.7 trillion of GDP
Depending on the dam model adopted for the Isimba hydro power project, Uganda stands to lose most of its revenue from adventure tourism.
It is estimated that up to 100 tourism businesses in Jinja and beyond could be adversely affected directly or indirectly by the dam construction and these include banks, mechanics, boda boda cyclists, supermarkets, clinics, phone companies and farmers, among others.”
“Tourism – the neglected goldmine” under serious threat
taken from the New Vision: September 20th 2013
“Uganda is sitting on a gold mine. It is not gold, it is not even the confirmed 3.5 billion barrels of crude oil. It is tourism. The numbers affirm and tell an even better story. Tourism earnings jumped by 22% in 2011 with the country raking in $832 million, up from $662 million in 2010.”
“This is almost double the $449 million that the country earned from coffee, Uganda’s top foeign exchange earner for decades. For three years now, Uganda has been at the helm of global acclaim and recognition for its abundant tourism blessings.”
“Tourism has one of the largest impacts on the economy, with a single dollar spend resulting into foreign exchange earnings, employment, tax and direct investment.”