By Denis Mugyenyi
Uganda has received its Tourism Gold Award won as best Exhibitor at the on going Africa Travel Expo in Durban, South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa presented the award to Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu Uganda’s Tourism Minister.
Ramaphosa said Tourism is the new gold mine our countries have come across while addressing delegates and members of the media at Africa’s Travel Indaba
“We need to consciously empower the youth & women by giving them pathways to participate effectively in the tourism industry as owners and managers of various offerings and businesses.
Uganda put up a lot of work into its exhibition stall at Indaba 2019 to ensure it captures all elements of tourism especially wildlife, cultural heritage and interaction with visitors. This made Uganda win gold in the category of Southern Africa Community and Africa.
Lilly Ajarova, the UTB Chief Executive Officer says the latest win shows that Uganda is now positioning itself to take its rightful place as a leading tourist destination in Africa and the world.
“We put a lot of work into our exhibition stall to ensure that it captures all elements of tourism in our country; that is wildlife and cultural heritage, whilst also ensuring that the spacing would enable close interaction with our visitors,” she explained.
“We are elated to have won gold as the best exhibitor at this year’s Indaba fair. This is true testament to Uganda’s immense natural endowment and also shows that the world is appreciating our tourism potential. This therefore calls for concerted efforts to market our country to the world because we offer the most complete tourist experience.”