East Africa in New Plan to Pull Tourism Out of Covid-19 Hole

Until the first case of the Covid-19 pandemic was reported in that East African region in March 2020, tourism was the leading economic sector in the region. A study that can give the best Covid-19 recovery options for East Africa's tourism industry is on the cards. The exercise is the brainchild of the East African Business Council (EABC) and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERIC), a Nairobi-based think tank. This study will assess the impact of the pandemic which has severely slowed down the multi-million dollar hospitality industry. It will also focus on post-recovery strategies that need to be adopted by the governments to safeguard this key sector from such disruptions. The tourism sector contributed an average of 12% to gross domestic product of the six East African Community (EAC) partner states in 2017. About 6.4 million foreign tourists may have been unable to visit the region. The EABC said under the study, it will develop policy options that will have to be adopted by the partner states within the framework of Covid-19 recovery. The study will be titled: "Impact of Covid -19 on Tourism and Hospitality in the EAC and Proposed Policy Options for Recovery".

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