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UTB’s Ajarova says expo presents rare opportunity to restart tourism

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  Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) CEO, Lilly Ajarova has urged all sector players to participate in the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) which she described as a rare opportunity as the country seeks to chat a way through which it can reboot the tourism sector. Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) CEO, Lilly Ajarova   Speaking ahead of the expo slated for April 27 and 29, Ajarova, said it was important that all tourism stakeholders and Ugandans at large push in the same direction to establish a sustainable way through which tourism will be rebuild. She noted that whereas there had been a lot of disruptions, it was time to leverage on the slight recovery in the economy to rebuild the sector’s resilience, which has been heavily tested. “I would like to urge all our tourism sector players to get involved in POATE 2021 , as we together seek to recover, rebuild, reconnect and reboot our tourism,” she said. According to the UTB chief, Uganda is now in a better position in which it can
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  The Uganda Tourism Board has said they held talks with renowned Senegalese-American musician, investor, and philanthropist Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, popularly known as Akon to increase the number of visitors to Uganda. UTB CEO- Lilly Ajarova with Akon   Akon last week completed his visit to Uganda in which he visited several tourist sites. Commenting about the talks, UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova said she is optimistic they will bear fruits. “One of the key opportunities discussed with Rozina then, and again with the couple was an opportunity for a huge potential for a back-to-Africa (in this case Uganda) International Music Festival, ” Ajarova said. “We also discussed marine tourism - given Uganda’s abundance of water bodies, the redevelopment of the Equator—UTB has profiled up to 6 areas of investment as well as the construction of especially luxury accommodation facilities in and around our 10 National Parks in addition to a favourable business environment such as gove

Uganda has the biggest tourism potential in Africa, says Akon

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  Renowned Senegalese-American musician, investor, and philanthropist Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, popularly known as Akon has said his view about Uganda has greatly changed, courtesy of the four–day he has had.   Akon, together with wife, Rozina Negusei made an excursion with visits to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable forest where he tracked gorillas . The singer excitedly referred to himself as “ the papa of Gorillas ”. Speaking after the two excursions, he said he was elated by the warm welcome according to him while in Uganda. “ I have had an amazing time. Oftentimes I don’t get time to visit the country and have fun. Thank you so much for the warm hospitality in the past few days. I thank president for opening the doors and for making me feel super welcome and super safe. I am leaving determined to do something amazing,” the singer said. Nicknamed “ the pearl of Africa ”, Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mou

Zanzibar to fine ‘indecently dressed tourists’

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  The authorities in Tanzania ’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar have urged tourists to dress decently and respect the “sensibilities” of the local culture or they will be fined.   Tourism Minister Lela Muhamed Mussa told BBC Swahili that some visitors walked “almost naked” on the streets. She said that tour guides will also be fined at least $700 (£500) if their clients were not appropriately dressed. Ms Mussa said that restaurants and hotels should also advise visitors to adhere to “their code of conduct”. “It’s their role to educate the visitors so if they break the rules we will also fine them,” she said. She added: “Our goal is not to fine the tourists but to ensure that people dress respectfully.” Zanzibar is a popular holiday spot for western tourists . Posted by: Bruce A

UTB unveils world record holder Cheptegei as Uganda’s tourism ambassador

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  The Uganda Tourism Board has unveiled long-distance runner, Joshua Cheptegei as one of the country’s tourism ambassadors.   According to UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova the announcement was in line with their goal of restarting tourism in Uganda after being greatly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic that hit the entire world. “Our annual visitor arrivals had been projected to grow to 1.6 million in 2020 but this was greatly affected by the pandemic,”Ajarova said during the function to unveil the 25-year old long distance runner held at the Uganda Golf Club in Kampala. The UTB CEO said that between 2015 and 2019, Uganda’s visitor numbers grew by 19% from 1.27 million to 1.5 million and that on average, the numbers grew by 4% every year. “The forex earnings from the visitors to Uganda grew by 22% from $1.31 billion to $1.6 billion in the same period.” However, with the many restrictions on travels and fear of contracting the virus, the numbers gradually went down because of the

Happy Indepence - Uganda

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  Happy Independence Day #UgandaAt58 May God always uphold the Pearl of Africa as you pursue sustainable peace & development. www.wildlifeugandasafaris.com  

Uganda fronts endangered golden monkeys as new tourist attraction

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  Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is host to the endangered golden monkeys, a new tourist attraction. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is part of the Virunga Massif is where "gold meets silver," a tourism marketing catch phrase meaning a place where the golden monkeys coexist with the mountain gorilla sliverbacks . Mgahinga is also home to the endangered mountain gorillas .  " Golden monkeys are special in that they have an outstanding color that is nearly to the gold color, they are unique in that you can only track them from the Virunga Massif," Joyleen Tugume, a ranger-guide at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) told Xinhua in a recent visit to the park. UWA is a state owned conservation agency. High up the ridges of the volcanic Mount Muhabura , which is part of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the golden monkeys feed on largely bamboo shoots. They live in troops of about 100, led by an Alpha male, according to UWA. Uganda has one habituated troop