Hospitality Sector | News and Updates This Week

  • The Kenya Wildlife Service will increase park entry fees for Kenyans across the country from July this year while foreigners will continue paying the same fees. The changes taking effect on 1 July 2020 are contained in a special gazette notice signed by the Tourism Secretary, Najib Balala. Park charges to Nakuru and Amboseli parks have been increased by 50 percent while entry fees to Nairobi Park have been increased 300 percent.
  • The Uganda Tourism Board (UBT) has asked the Government to consider tax reliefs for players in the tourism value chain to help them deal with the effects of Covid-19. Among the relief considerations, according to UTB, is tax deferrals for at least 12 months and a 40 percent reduction in utility bills, especially for the hotel sector.
  • The Department of Tourism has launched the new Covid-19 Tourism Relief Fund to assist businesses in the tourism sector that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, said that the application period for the fund will run from 7 April to 30 May 2020.
  • The end of global travel as we know it: An opportunity for sustainable tourism.
  • Our world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. It calls for innovation and smart solutions as we brace ourselves for the economic and social impact of the outbreak and the much needed social isolation.