Ebola fears ripple across continent to hurt east African tourism
Thursday October 30 2014
Tourists at a park in Tanzania. The Hotels Association of Tanzania said business is down 30 to 40 per cent on the year and advanced bookings, mostly for 2015, are 50 per cent lower. PHOTO | FILE
In Tanzania and Kenya, tour operators say tented camps and luxury lodges where lions and elephants saunter past are surviving on visitors who have not yet written off the whole continent because of an outbreak that struck 5,000 km away.
Problems for Kenya and Tanzania have knock-on effects on nearby Uganda and Rwanda, which are also part of the East African Community bloc.