African Adventure Travellers Limited, a tour company has declared a special treat for tourists to various parts of the country during the festive season.
Speaking to the Nile Post on Tuesday, the company’s Managing Director, Robert Mugabi, their clients will be treated to a special offer during the festive season.
“We want them to have a memorable stay in the country and at the various tourist attractions. Those having anniversaries like wedding or birthdays will have special gifts like a bottle of beer or wine while they travel with us,”Mugabi said.
“We can organize with the hotel to organize a special treat for our clients so they can enjoy a calm festive season that would have an everlasting impact on their lives.”
He however urged Ugandans to also take part in visiting the various tourist attractions around the country as one of the ways to embrace local tourism and support the sector.
2018 best ever year for Uganda’s tourism
According to John Ssempbwa, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Uganda Tourism Board said 2018 has been the best year ever for Uganda’s tourism industry.
“This year has been the best since independence. We have exceeded the year’s targets after tourists increased by 9 percent from the 5 percent we expected,”Ssempebwa told journalists at the Uganda Media Centre.
The National Geographic Traveller recently listed Uganda as one of the world’s 19 must-visit destinations in the year 2019.
“If you’re longing to see mountain gorillas in the wild, butRwanda’s ultra-luxe lodges and high permit fees don’t suit your budget, head forUganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest instead,” wrote the US-based magazine wrote early this month.
The Uganda Tourism Board Deputy CEO said that with such endorsements, Uganda’s tourism sector is set to soar higher.
He noted that having marketed Uganda in the UK, US, China, Japan and the Middle East, government is set to continue marketing the country’s tourism potential to other areas to compete with Kenya and South Africa on the continent.
Ssempebwa however noted that there is need to develop local tourist centres and also train locals to get involved in tourism so as they can directly benefit.
“There should be deliberate efforts to ensure youths and women in the villages benefit directly from the tourism sector,”Ssempebwa said.