Tourism in Uganda

  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • International Arrivals To Africa Reach More Than 18 Million In 2017

    BOTSWANA, 2017/09/09 Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed before this week the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 % in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted for 70 % of international trips to the Sub-Saharan African region.
  • Ugandans Urged to Use Lakes and Rivers to Attract Tourists

    UGANDA, 2017/07/28 South African Airways has advised government to copy from prominent world tourism destinations and popularize tourism investments around and on the country's water bodies. Speaking in an interview on Monday, Ms Yogi Biriggwa, the South African Airways country manager Uganda, said prominent destinations such as Mauritius, Rio-de-Jenairo in Brazil, Southern France, Durban in South Africa, and Mombasa in Kenya are popular globally because of their locations and investments on and around the water bodies. She said this makes them attractive and easy to market internationally.
  • Presidential intervention expected to save upcountry hotels from ruin

    UGANDA, 2016/11/11 Uganda's owners of upcountry hotels, safari lodges, and camps have breathed a sigh of relief at the same time as President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the annual Investors Round Table conference, directed his Finance Ministry and tax collectors to scrap Price Added Tax, which before in the year raised accommodation cost by 18 %. The President correctly pointed out that if tourism is to be an invisible export, it has to be treated like exporting coffee, i.e., without levying VAT on such services.
  • Qatar Airways in Uganda: Five years and counting

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2016/11/11 Five years ago, Qatar Airways commenced daily passenger flights from Doha to Entebbe, and on to Kigali, using Airbus A320 aircraft on the route. In addition there is the route, served with an Airbus A330F, which instantly operates a dedicated cargo service three times a week. At the time, in 2011, the airline's new hub - Hamad International Airport, was in the early stages of construction. Since again, HIA has been completed and became one of the world's leading hub airports, with over 30 million passengers handled last year by presently. Qatar Airways itself too has grown in leaps and bounds, today flying to some 150 destinations worldwide with a fleet of presently 191 aircraft in service, a number however rising rapidly, as orders worth around $90 billion are pending, and additional planes are delivered each month.
  • Uganda Congo Tourism: Lake Albert Wilderness brought within reach

    UGANDA, 2014/10/06 The name Lake Albert inevitably inspires visions of the Africa of the explorer days, at the same time as lakes, rivers and mountains were named next royalty, days at the same time as the mere mention of such names brought about, almost at once, the desire to equally explore and venture in to the great unknown and the fear of travelling to places which in those days were still blanks on a lot of maps. Lake Albert – as well Albert Nyanza and formerly Lake Mobutu Sese Seko – is one of the African Great Lakes. It is Africa's seventh-major lake, and the world's twenty-seventh major lake by volume on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have officially presented their joint single tourist visa

    KENYA, 2014/03/09 Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have officially presented their joint single tourist visa to the world at the ongoing International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, in an effort to attract a portion of tourists globally, officials said on Thursday. Heads of delegations from the three East Africa Community (EAC) states, forming the tripartite agreement, praised the visa move launched three weeks ago by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda as a bold move that would boost regional integration and relieve the movement of tourists across the region. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for East Africa Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie, said whereas in the completed tourists visiting the three nations had to seek separate visas in a cumbersome and costly process, all they needed presently was to acquire one visa at US$100 and visit the three states as a lot of times as they wished for three months.
  • The Top 100 Awards for Small and Medium sized Enterprises,

    UGANDA, 2013/11/12 The Top 100 Awards for Small and Medium sized Enterprises, held last weekend at the Kampala Serena Conference Centre, saw several hospitality and tourism businesses make it into the top ranks and receive their awards from Vice President Edward Sekandi and Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka. The Little Ritz Hotel came at a respectably 11th place – no tourism businesses made it into the top 10 – and the Mount Elgon Hotel & Spa ended up claiming 19th position. Great Lakes Safaris of immediate completed UTA President Amos Wekesa came in 27th place, a major succcess for a safari operator to be listed in the top 100 SME businesses.
  • Seychelles music in the islands' new cultural revolution

    UGANDA, 2013/08/12 The Seychelles music scene is set to find its rightful place in the island's new cultural revolution. Five of the Seychelles most popular and famous musicians performed together in a spectacular musical show at the International Conference Centre of Victoria. Jean-Marc Volcy, Patrick Victor, Stephen Eliza, Sandra Esparon and Joseph Sinon performed some of their best songs to a dedicated group of friends and fans. As well present were the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange and the Minister responsible for Agriculture and Fisheries, Peter Sinon inclunding the PS for Culture Benjamine Rose, Mr. Denis Rose and Mr. Alain Volcere part a lot of others.
  • Rwanda and Uganda common tourist visa among the three countries

    KENYA, 2013/08/12 In a departure from the norm, and clearly as a sign of growing frustration with EAC partners putting the brakes on key developments which could push the East African Community forward, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda have taken steps to ensure that a common tourist visa part the three nations will be reality by January 2014, as will unrestricted travel by using national identity cards. The recent summit in Entebbe, hosted by President Museveni, had by presently stirred the attention of pundits at the same time as the three agreed to make Mombasa their preferred port of call and link the city with Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali by standard gauge railway, which according to the new data at hand is due to be fully operational by 2018.