Uganda Loses Gold to Rwanda at Indaba Tourism Expo

The annual Indaba tourism expo in Durban South Africa has come to its climax with Uganda winning the Silver Award, information pills a drop in performance following its Gold win last year.

Uganda trailed behind Kenya which emerged as best exhibitor with a Platinum Award and Rwanda which won Gold for second best exhibitor.

The 37th edition of Indaba expo this year was hosted at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. It’s known to be the third largest annual tourism expo in the world and the largest in
Africa and attracts over 8,000 Africa’s tourism players annually.

At least 11 tourism operators represented Uganda this year in an effort to exhibit Uganda’s tourism products and woo potential visitors. Nature and religious tourism were part of the key products for Uganda.

Days ago, state Minister for tourism, Agnes Akiror who was part of the Ugandan team at Indaba joined other Ministers across the continent to deliberate on selling Africa’s tourism as a bloc.

She said that instead of competing against each other, Ministers rather agreed to make a concerted effort which is bound to bring forth more gains.

It was also agreed that the discussion on this collective move starts at the different regional levels and later to the African Union which will make the final decision.

The Ministerial meeting further advanced that for Africa’s tourism to grow, the existing barriers in air travel must be addressed to enhance a better linkage of the different countries.


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