Tourism is one of the things that unite member states of the East African Community (EAC).
The region has beautiful lakes, mountains and wild animal reserves which attracts the tourism.
It is therefore not surprising that today, tourism ranks among the top five sectors that bring in foreign exchange for all the countries in EAC.
The tourism sector in East African Community countries still growing if we can identify the bottlenecks and figure out how to go about them.
Member countries has sorted some problems such as the single tourist visa that allows a tourist to visit three countries.
The main problem facing the industry is the high airfares occasioned by the high taxes each country levies. At one time the region had a single airline, East African Airways (EAA) that was later silently died.
The community flight would have reduced the high airfare and make regional flights local and thus reduce on the double or triple taxation that makes the price of an air ticket unaffordable to the individual tourists.
The governments around the world had begun realising that restrictive regulations were holding back economies many years ago. It is our turn to rescue the tourism sector as it stands to be the biggest contributor to our local government budgets.