IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 12, December 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Philip Samuel Kongoley-MIH
Over the past years the tourism industry has experienced a steady increase in tourist’s arrivals in Sierra Leone which has also contributed to an increase in visitor expenditure, employment and revenue generation. This has made a significant improvement in facilities within the country to meet the expectations of guests and economic growth. The outbreak of Ebola in May 2014 has caused a negative impact on the tourism industry in Sierra Leone such as the closure of many hotels, restaurants, guesthouses and airlines right across the country, dropped in revenue and profits and unemployment. The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which the Ebola outbreak has had negative impact on the tourism industry in the country. A survey was conducted in four regions namely, Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern. A random sample of 200 respondents was selected from the four regions out of a population of 400. Questionnaires, interviews, discussions and document analysis were used for data collection. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences. It is recommended that disaster recovery plan and budget be developed by all active businesses within the tourism sector.