July 11, 2020. Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been ranked the sixth most popular destination in Africa for hosting international conferences and events in the 2019 statistics report released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). ICCA represents the world’s leading association for the global meetings, conference and events industry.
In my opening address at this year’s 5th Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) held in February, under the theme- Promoting Intra-African Travel, I told stakeholders that for Uganda to have a sustainable tourism sector, there was a need for us to rethink our tourism market with more focus on Africa and Uganda. Fast forward, around March, a month after POATE, Covid-19 spread across the world. Overnight, the tourism sector and economies across the world came to a halt.
In light of the presidential directive on the management of COVID-19, and as Uganda heightens her safety measures against the disease, it is of utmost importance that we take the necessary precautions as a country and as an institution.
Uganda Tourism Board will no longer receive any physical copies of documents and discourages physical visits to the office. Furthermore, measures to minimize physical visits and encourage social distancing have been put in place as follows;
1. General inquiries
Kampala, Uganda. December 3, 2019. State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda has today launched the Tulambule Christmas promotion 2019. Tulambule will this year traverse south western Uganda in areas of Kigezi including; Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda and Mgahinga National Park.
Speaking at the launch held at Ndere Culture Center in Kampala, Hon. Kiwanda announced Uganda’s readiness for the festive season and highlighted that Ugandans sharing their experiences online will open country to the world as many visit its iconic features.
Barcelona, Spain. November 20, 2019 – A team from Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) led by Ms. Susan Muhwezi the Vice-Chairperson of the Board, along with tourism and hospitality private sector are currently representing Uganda at the 32nd edition of IBTM World 2019. This is one of the leading marketplaces for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) industry. Some of the attending private sector from Uganda include; Lake Kitandara Tours, Speke Resort, The Uganda Safari Company, Purposeful Incentives, MICE Uganda, Serena Hotels and Last Events; among others.
Kampala, Uganda – September 30, 2019. Team Uganda comprising of 18 tour operators and led by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is set to showcase Uganda’ tourism offerings at the 8th edition of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) to be held from the 2nd -4th October 2019, at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The annual expo will attract over 170 exhibitors and 180 hosted buyers registered from 20 countries around the World; offering an attractive platform for Uganda to showcase.
Kabale, Uganda. August 12, 2019 – Tourism police have today arrested a rogue tour operator accused of fleecing tourists of $21,500. Richard Tusasibwe, director of Gatatu Safaris Limited in Kigezi was today taken into custody after he was arrested by police at Arcadia Cottages in Kabale; near Lake Bunyonyi; where he had taken other tourists for a trip.
Kampala, March 4, 2019 – Having successfully completed an eight day tour of Uganda, a delegation from India comprising Bollywood stars and members of Travel Agents of India (TAFI) has today, Monday March 4, 2019 flown out, full of praise for the country’s rich and numerous attractions.
The group, led by Bharat Dabholkar, a distinguished film director, actor, writer and advertising guru, arrived in the country on Wednesday February 28, 2019 and almost immediately flew out to Kidepo National Park.
Kampala, Uganda. March 6, 2019 – Following the recent announcement of managerial changes at Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), the new Chief Executive Officer, Lilly Ajarova and Deputy Bradford Ochieng have officially assumed office.
Ajarova, who replaces Stephen Asiimwe, was until recently the Executive Director at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Ochieng who replaces John Ssempebwa has hitherto served as the Director of Corporate Affairs at Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA).
I was there admiring the beauty of Uganda; I couldn’t keep quiet and I said, this country is beautiful – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA— Tourism minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu is leading a team of private tour operators and government agencies to Africa’s biggest travel expo, the Travel Indaba 2017 Fair at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.