Uganda to creat Iddi Amini’s trail | uganda tourism news

All major ethnic groups with their unique cultures and attributes will be classified into tourism clusters that will be marketed and promoted as part of a new set of proposals to promote domestic and international tourism.

The proposal announced by Stephen Asiimwe, the chief executive of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) last week, will also see the often ill-mentioned legacy of former Ugandan president Idi Amin turned into an attractive and profitable tourism trail that marches other global tragedies-turned-tourism-hotspots like the holocaust museum in Germany or Rwanda Genocide.

“Idi Amin is the most popular Ugandan ever but no one is making use of him. We have to develop this trail,” said Asiimwe at the post ITB Berlin briefing on Wednesday.

Among the major cluster groups are Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro, Kigezi, northern Ugandan, eastern tourism forum.

The other trails to be created are Imbalu carnival, Kampala carnival, school outreaches.

“In June we hope everybody participates in the Uganda Martyrs trail. We have cut Uganda into clusters – a sustainable domestic domain is critical for development,” said Asiimwe.

The proposals are part of efforts to see the tourism industry turn a new page after years of living below its potential.

Chief executive Asiimwe announced that the ministry of finance has committed to giving $2m (about sh5bn) in the next financial year, which is a big shot in the arm following years of underfunding.

Part of the efforts will be geared towards marketing Uganda to her neighbours so more people from the EAC come to Uganda to reverse the current scenario in which majority of Ugandans travel to Kenya.

UTB chairman James Tumusiime said his dream is to ensure that by the end of the current board’s three-year tenure, Uganda will have a National Tourism Fair.

“We want this to be our legacy. There is no forum to provide info on what Uganda can offer,” he said.

Acting director of tourism Grace Mbabazi Aulo asked the promoting agencies to build on the goodwill and several accolades that keep pouring in about Uganda’s unique blessings.

Edwin Muzahura, head of marketing at UTB disclosed that their finding indicate that Uganda had one of the highest visits by foreign guests to its stall ever.

Some 700 guests visited the stall in the three-day event while close to 100 deals were sealed.

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Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura godge

Chimpanzees are 98%  humans, therefore the closest cousins of humans.

Uganda not only has a single park or a single place to track chimpanzees but also has several.  Close to Murchison Falls is the Budongo Forest.  In Queen Elizabeth Park is Kyambura Godge and on the outskirts is the Kalinzu Forest.

Chimpanzees can also be tracked within Semliki Valley and  Kibale Rainforest having 13 primate species and the highest number of Chimps in the whole of East Africa.

Chimpanzee habituation experience- CHEX  is another incredible activity done by researchers, through encountering wild chimpanzee and are normally rough.  This may be done in Kibale Forest throughout the year and even in the off-season in Budongo Forest.
Uganda is amazing; the wildlife, Mountain Gorillas, birds, Chimpanzees and the scenic sights, and above all the warm friendly people

Chimpanzee tracking and Habituation experience can be booked through AFRICA TREASURES LTD

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Uganda shines at Berlin tourism exhibition | Uganda National Parks

Annually, Uganda participates in  ITB conference Berlin in Germany.

The Uganda’s stall in Berlin measuring 120 square meters was the biggest ever in recent years. The number of walk-in visitors marched Kenya’s which occupied almost a similar space.

The elegant exhibition stall housed private tour operator who showcased artwork of the rare mountain gorillas, Uganda Waragi gin, artifacts, and images of games and a full time running video playing a documentary of the Ugandan tourism story.

Stephen Asiimwe, the chief executive officer, Uganda Tourism Board acknowledges that should the industry pull in one direction and marketing is funded, Uganda will even do better.

“Uganda will prosper in tourism, we just need to tweak a few things,” noted Asiimwe adding that the industry is everybody’s business.

Other countries in the top ten included Burundi and Rwanda.

At a dinner hosted by Ugandan ambassador Marcel Tibaleka, UTB board chairman James Tumusiime noted that as part of efforts to actualize the industry’s full potential, foreign missions need to be fully integrated into the game especially because the largest groups of high spenders are from Europe and America.

“Now that things are improving, we need to do more with our foreign missions,” noted Tumusiime recounting the “miserable state” he found the Italian embassy a few years ago.

Jessica Eriyo, East African Community (EAC) deputy secretary general praised the single visa initiative that was also jointly launched in Berlin but advised that it is time Uganda cashed in on her regional stabilizing roles.

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Uganda to attract more tourists | chimpanzee tracking

The Ugandan embassy in Denmark is to hold a tourism forum to promote Uganda as a competitive destination for investment and tourism opportunities.
The forum will take place on May 23rd at the Bella Centre in the Danish capital Copenhagen under the theme, “Tourism and Culture for Development.”
The forum targets five countries which include Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland, and will cover components of culture to improve relations between Uganda and the Nordic region.
This was during a press conference addressed yesterday (Tuesday) at the ministry of foreign affairs boardroom, by officials from the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Brussels Airlines.
Margaret Ageti Otteskov, who is in charge of trade, investment and tourism at the embassy in Copenhagen said the forum would be attended by government officials, tours and travel agencies, journalists and potential investors.
The officials noted that the tourism sector is a leading foreign exchange earner for Uganda, and the Nordic region has contributed to rising tourist numbers coming into the country.
Stephen Asiimwe, the UTB chairperson said the Copenhagen forum follows a successful participation in the Berlin tourism expo during which Uganda emerged 5th best exhibitor.
 
Asiimwe said, “This is a good opportunity to market and promote Uganda. We take it seriously.”
The forum spearheaded by the embassy in Denmark will be held every year.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority executive director, Dr. Andrew Seguya said that the Nordic region of Europe is important because between seven to 10 percent of the tourists to Uganda’s national parks are from the Nordic region.
“We believe this effort in promoting our country will bring in visitors,” Dr. Seguya said.
He said that UWA is promoting investment in infrastructure because the shortage of accommodation in the protected areas means that tourists on average stay for short durations.
Also to be launched during the forum, will be a magazine for Ugandans in the diaspora. Suzanne Othieno, the Brussels Airlines sales executive said the airline will provide up to 50% discount on air tickets for people travelling to the forum.

Emirates direct flights | Emirates Airline

Emirates has launched its daily, non-stop service between Dubai and Boston.

Boston becomes the airline’s eighth US destination and the 142nd on its global network which links key tourism and trading destinations across six continents.

The inaugural flight EK237 departed from Terminal 3, Dubai International at 09:45 hours, carrying a delegation of senior airline executives.

Emirates will operate daily flights between the two cities with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy Class.

“We are extremely upbeat about our new Boston service. From the moment we first announced plans to connect Massachusetts to our global network, we have received a strong and positive response from travellers and our business customers – not only in the US, but also in our home market of the UAE, and other major cities Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.

“Emirates’ inaugural flight today carries passengers from the UAE and 39 other destinations, illustrating the reach of our global network, and the potential tourism and trade opportunities of our daily service.

“We thank our friends in Boston and Massachusetts for the warm welcome and look forward to serving this exciting city and state.”

In addition to passengers, Emirates SkyCargo will operate bellyhold cargo space to help transport goods to and from Boston – such electronics, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, machine parts, leather products, consumer commodities, as well as New England’s finest lobster.

Emirates SkyCargo can carry up to 15 tonnes per day.

More than 50 Boston-based companies operate in the UAE, and in excess of 150 companies have operations throughout Central Asia.

Considered a centre for education and research, the region around Boston has more 270 colleges and universities, and each year as many as 44,000 foreign students call New England home during the school term.

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Gorilla - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Gifted by nature and referred to as pearl of Africa, Uganda is among the only 3 countries having Mountain Gorillas living in their Wild. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has more than 400 Mountain Gorillas with 80 living in Mgahinga Gorilla National park. The majority of Visitors who take on gorilla trekking in Uganda do it in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is no  Safari to Uganda rendered complete without tracking the Mountain Gorillas, a number of guests trek gorillas two times and occasionally hike through the Impenetrable Bwindi forest and trek Gorillas in Buhoma, Ruhija , Rushaga  as well as Nkuringo area of this park.

Uganda is the finest choice for a safari in Africa since Uganda offers you Mountain Gorillas as well as all other wild animals you will see in other parks in East Africa.

Early this year Gorilla permit price was raised to 600USD  high season and 350USD for low season(April, May and November) for Foreigners.

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Emirates flights to Olso | budget flights to Entebbe Airport

Travellers from Scandinavia to Eastern Africa and vice versa from Eastern Africa to Scandinavia will be pleased with Emirates’ latest announcement that from September 02nd this year they will add a daily service from Dubai to Oslo, the Norwegian capital city.

The airline made the announcement yesterday when it was also confirmed that Emirates, Dubai’s award winning national airline, will use a three class Boeing B777-300ER on the route, offering 8 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class, besides significant underbelly cargo space of up to 23 tons.

Passenger traffic from Norway to Emirates’ East African destinations of Entebbe (daily flights), Nairobi and Dar es Salaam (double daily flights) is expected to benefit while exporters of fresh produce and flowers to Norway will find it easier come September to ship their consignments to Oslo.

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Gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest is in southern part of the forest in Rushaga

and Nkuringo, in central bwindi is Ruhija where as in the Northern part of

this impenetrable forest is  in Buhoma.

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Sale of online gorilla tracking permits in Uganda | cheap uganda tours

Online selling of Gorilla permits in  Uganda by UWA baffles Tour Operators.

AUTO members asked government to improve the infrastructure to different destinations, aggressively market Uganda and cut taxes if they are to compete with their East African Community counterparts.

“It is not the online permit that is going to make the sales of permits 100 percent,” the AUTO chairman Boniface Byamukama told a press conference.

“Tourism has both low and high seasons on the calendar. What is needed are better connecting roads, affordable air travel to different destinations and a bigger budget in marketing.”

“Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) should stick to conserving nature which is threatened by poaching,” said Byamukama with a creased forehead.

 

“The rangers’ working terms should be improved for the better image of our country. Facebook went viral when someone posted a comment about tourist having to share their portions of lunch with visibly starved rangers.”

This protest comes in rapid succession of media exposure by UWA executive director, Dr. Edward Seguya blaming the minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Maria Mutagambwa for delaying to flag off of the online availing of permits to visitors.

Dr. Seguya assured MPs while touring different packages that, UWA would work well with e-marketing because tourists would not go through the existing bureaucracy.

“UWA would get an extra sh20b annually,” said Dr. Seguya.

Rejecting his views Barbra Vanhelleputte says if UWA wants more tourists, they ought to introduce more packages, urging government to plough more money in marketing the destination and improve the infrastructure.

“Avail air transport at affordable rates to Kidepo, the source of The Nile and Bwindi Forest and you will see miracles happen,” said Vanhelleputte.

Making his closing remarks, Byamukama asked for a forensic audit of UWA business.

“The way this online thing is being fast tracked leaves a lot to be desired,” said Byamukama. “The disappearance of ivory from UWA stores makes me sniff a dead rat.”
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