Players in the tourism and travel sector suggest a need to leverage on promoting East Africa as a tour destination instead of individual countries.
They argue that East Africa as a region has immense potential and diverse products enough to create opportunities through increasing foreign traffic.
The 2nd Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo commenced on Tuesday and will bring together tour operators, order http://cortrium.com/wp-includes/embed.php regulators, find http://daa.asn.au/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/parsers.php hosted buyers and relevant government agencies.
The 3 day expo held at Kampala Serena Hotel is themed ‘Family and Travel’
Manzi Kayihura, view the Chairman East Africa Tourism Platform, said the Expo will offer an opportunity for the private sector to interact and sell East Africa.
“Having a common visa isn’t enough. We have over 16 countries represented in this expo and we can use this advantage to dispatch information about our product,” Manzi told journalists at a press conference at Serena Hotel on Tuesday.
The Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board, Stephen Asiimwe explained that a joint tourism marketing committee has been established by East African countries in the ‘borderless borders’ initiative.
“We need people to step out of borders and tour other countries in the region. Tourism shouldn’t be about competition but what we can achieve collectively. This way we can learn more, connect better and create opportunities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Uganda is in the process of vetting a competent firm to market Uganda’s tourism in USA, Germany and UK at a cost USD 500,000 for each country.
Amos Wekesa, a tour operator and CEO Great Lakes Safaris observes that East Africa needs to strategically establish an international tourism expo.
He also stresses the need for Africa to begin telling its story since there’s a lot of negativity in international press. This would go a long way in reducing the millions spent in marketing.
Tension is mounting in the western Mbarara district over the unclear continuous procrastination of the ruling National Resistance Movement primary elections in Rwampara constituency.
The by-elections which were set to take place on Tuesday 17th have been postponed to Thursday 19th following the delay of electoral materials according to Jomo Mugabe the NRM chairman in the district.
Jomo made the revelation while meeting with journalists at the NRM offices in Mbarara yesterday.
He refuted rumors from some of the political candidates who lost in the initial cancelled primary elections that he favored some candidates to engage in vote rigging.
“Decision making is for the people who cast votes in support of able leaders but not Jomo who declares the results, illness http://ccrail.com/wp-content/themes/thesis/lib/html/templates.php ” he said
The extension of the exercise, he added was aimed out ironing out all possible malpractices.
Jomo further revealed that in other areas inMbarara district where voting did not take place like Boma cell, Ndeija, Bugamba, Rwanyamahembe and Bubaare will be able to cast their vote on Thursday 19th.
While speaking to our reporter, one of the contestants who lost in the previous poll compared the party elections as those in the previous dictatorships, where police and the army were the major determinants of the final result.
Kyamadidi said that whoever takes the parliamentary flag doesn’t matter, but he is only interested in a free and fair election in Rwampara constituency.
“If the people freely elect a leader they want, I will be grateful with the outcomes,” he said