Tour operators under their umbrella body, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) have elected new leaders.
AUTO brings together registered and professional companies dealing in tourism related activities in the country.
On Thursday, the organisation held its annual general meeting at Mestil Hotel in Kampala in which Everest Kayondo from Ever Best Tours and Travel was elected the board chairperson of the largest tourism fraternity in the country.
Benedict Ntale(Ape Treks Limited) and also columnist with Nile Post tour and travel section, was voted as the deputy chairperson whereas Farouk Busuulwa emerged as the secretary and Charlotte Kamugisha will serve as the treasurer.
Ntale has a weekly column on Tour and Travel where he has covered among other issues; Uganda’s Golden monkeys, the bird view at Kabaka’s lake, the Tidiek Rock, the formerly extinct weaverbirds, and the Nkusi falls among others.
Speaking shortly after being elected, Kayondo urged his members to work for professionalism in the tourism sector.
Uganda earned US$1.4 billion from the tourism sector last year which was ten percent of the GDP.
Government recently announced it targets to earn US$2.7 billion(shs9.8 trillion) and expects the number of tourist visitors is also expected to reach four million per year by 2020.