Uganda: Hotels, Tour Operators Struggle to Stay Afloat

Although the government lifted Covid-19 restrictions on the tourism sector last year, operators of tour companies and hotels say business didn’t pick up and others have suspended operations.. The Ministry of Tourism economic…

Uganda: Uganda Hosts First Virtual Tourism Expo in the Region

Yvonne Sandra Kunda, a tour consultant, appeared to be in a jovial mood at the closing ceremony of this year’s Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala. She said it was a moment of relief after taking part in the first virtual tourism expo as the sector navigates towards the new normal.It took Kunda two days to set up her…

Africa: Big Gains At 2021 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo

Kampala, Uganda — The 6th 2021 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) can easily be described as a success going by the numbers shared on Apr.29 when it ended.The organisers, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), said a total of 424 exhibitors were recorded, representing a 182% increase from 150 in 2020. The number of hosted buyers were 425, representing a 750%…

Uganda: Rocket Health, UNDP Unveil $40, 000 Project to Boost Safety for Tourists

Kampala, Uganda — Telemedicine health provider, Rocket Health together with United Nations Development Programme have unveiled a project dubbed ‘Telemedicine for Tourism’ in Uganda to meet health needs of tourists visiting the country.Under this US$40,000 (approx.Shs144mn) project, a Rocket Health physician in one location can offer healthcare…

Uganda: Occupancy Rate for Hotels Up to 28 Percent – Uganda

Kampala, Uganda — Hotels in Uganda are recording an increase in occupancy rate, an indicator that the sector is recovering from the coronavirus crisis.According to Suzan Muhwezi, the chairperson of Uganda Hotel Owners Association and vice chairperson Board of Directors for Uganda Tourism Board, industry players recorded 28% occupancy rate in the…

Uganda: New App to Inspire Ugandan Youths, Boost Tourism

A Ugandan businessman has unveiled a video-sharing social networking Application intended to inspire youth and market the east African nation to the outside world with a view of boosting the tourism industry.Dubbed HAMZ, the App is for making a variety of short-form videos, from genres like dance, comedy, and education just like TikTok, a popular social…

Uganda: Tourism Board to Employ Local, International Influencers to Market Uganda

Officials at the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) say they will work more with local and international influencers to boost Uganda’s tourism sector.”We are now recovering after being hit by the pandemic. We want to start working with different influencers from Uganda like Joshua Cheptegei. We shall bring in people from the US, Austria, Germany, Switzeland…

Uganda: Ugandans Stuck As Kenya’s Inter-Counties Travel Ban Bites

Kenya’s decision to halt the movement of interstate buses across its border following a surge in Covid-19 cases has left several Ugandans stranded in the neighbouring East African country.Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a lockdown which stopped movement in and out of five Kenyan counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kajiado and Kiambu.The…

Uganda: Passenger Figures Increasing Steadily – UCAA

Entebbe International Airport has registered an increase in the number of daily passengers with an average of 2,194 per day in February up from 1,868 in January 2021.”The daily average of 2,194 in February 2021 is, therefore, the highest that the airport has recorded since the resumption of commercial passenger operations. While the figure of 2,194…

Tanzania: Tourism Adapts to Fight Against Virus

[East African] Tourism captains from the region are facing a daunting task of getting enough clientele to sustain their key attractions until foreign visitors from their main source markets return….

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