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% increase from 50 last year.
“Despite a few fears and misgivings here and there, we were able to go ahead with the blessing of our mother Ministry; the Ministry of Tourism and some key stakeholders from the private sector. I am glad that these efforts have paid off,” Daudi Migereko, the Uganda Tourism Board Chairman said while closing the virtual expo.
“It has been a great learning experience,” Migereko added.
He said, the road to recovery from COVID-19 hit will be full of many unknowns “and it is my prayer and hope that we as government and the private sector keep supporting each other.”
Going forward, he said they commit to consistently invest in domestic expos as well as in attending foreign expos to further grow the sector.
As the private sector, he said, they participate fully and consistently in POATE because, for those countries that have succeeded at tourism and hosting expos like Germany, UK, South Africa, it is because their private sector plays a very key role in making sure the expos work…