London – Thirteen of Uganda’s tour companies led by Hon. Prof Eprhaim Kamuntu, Uganda Minister of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ms Doreen Katusiime have been welcomed in the United Kingdom – London.
Mr Kamuntu who led a team of tour operators to market country’s tourism attractions at the London Annual World Travel Market show from 4th – 6th November 2019, was welcomed by Uganda’s Ambassador to United Kingdom and Ireland, H.E. Julius Peter Moto
“Tourist arrivals to Uganda rose from less than 200,000 in 1990 to almost 1,709,000 by close of business in 2018,” Ambassador Moto reveals.
According to available data [official figures], tourism contributed up to US$1.35 billion into Uganda’s export basket in 2016, and was the sole highest foreign exchange earner; contributing 23.5% of total exports.
Also, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics’ data, Uganda received 1.8 million tourists in 2018, up from 1.4 million in 2017. In 2017, the 1.4 million arrivals injected about $1.4billion into the Pearl of Africa’s economy.
The major tour companies participating in the show include:
Gorilla & Wildlife Safaris,
Emburara Safaris/Farm Lodge,
Voyager African Safaris Ltd,
Lake Kitandara Tours & Travel,
Sites Travel Ltd,
Abacus African Vacations,
Great Lakes Safaris Ltd,
Cycads Safari Ltd,
Brovad Sands Lodges & Tours
“For every tourist visiting Uganda, seven jobs are created. A sustained tourism development has been one of the core businesses of Uganda government to create jobs while conservation efforts are also implemented,” Ambassador Moto added, in a diplomatic press statement to TND News.
“We encourage Ugandans to invest more in tourism infrastructure,” he added.
Among high profile person who welcomed Uganda’s delegation was CNN’s business editor and anchor, Richard Quest, other media houses to “whom we informed about democracy, human rights and freedom of association”.
“Everyone is free to visit Uganda,” Mr Moto ended by welcoming the world to Uganda.