All is set for 2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo

pearl-of-africa-tourism-expoThe Uganda Tourism Board – UTB is to host the 2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) at the Kololo Independence grounds within the capital city of Uganda – Kampala starting February 17th to February 19th 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

The theme for the 2017 POATE is going to be ‘Tourism is Everybody’s Business’ and the primary objective of hosting this POATE is to establish a common platform for networking among the players of the industry within the region and across the globe.

The major event will run for three days with a including an exhibition under the theme: ‘Family and Travel’ with various exhibitors present who will be representing travel agencies, lodges, airlines, tour operators, hotel chains, restaurants, as well as various regional tourism groups.

There is plenty of exhibitor space and also the youth have been catered for with a planned launching of tourism clubs within schools, debates and seminars, plus a variety of exciting activities including a mini zoo, quad biking and horse riding, plus poetry and interesting folklore, dressing, food as well as dance. The event will be open to the general public with no entrance fee to be paid.

Before the kickoff of the expo visitors will be hosted to familiarization-trips starting on 6th February, to different tourist attractions such as white water rafting on river Nile, forest walk in the Mabira Forest, Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Sanctuary, a visit to the Jane Goodal Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, visit the Ssese islands, adventures and game drives in  Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, and Kibale Forest National Parks as well as overnight stays in some of the best holiday accommodation facilities across the country.

The Uganda Tourism Board plans to bring in over one hundred media and hosted buyers from Austria, the USA, Finland, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Australia, Malaysia, India, France, Morocco, Germany, India, Switzerland, UAE, the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic as well as Israel.

They have also invited participants across the continent including from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Kenya as well as Tanzania. Then come 3rd June, the Uganda Martyrs Shrine found in Namugongo, will attract thousands of different pilgrims just as it is each year and the Uganda Tourism Board is eager to promote and market faith-based tourism across the region. It’s for that reason that the Board in October 2016 participated in the twelfth AKWAABA African Travel Market exhibition held in Lagos – Nigeria, conscious of the potential from the economic powerhouse of Africa and main source for thousands of the Namugongo pilgrims.

In 2015, the 2nd edition of this expo was held in the month of October at the Kampala Serena, while this year the expo was postponed to pave way for Africa’s first ever Birding Expo that started on the 18th to 20th November at the botanical gardens. several international visitors were hosted including from Cornel University-lab, “Clement checklist” as well as “e-bird,” different television presenters, global bloggers, as well as birders who not only participated in the event but also enjoy familiarization trips across the country.

The UTB Board with this kind of programs will be close to achieving its primary plan of working with the different tourism partners so as to develop the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo into one of the best and most-effective networking platforms across the East-African region in the shortest time possible.

This Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo event is sponsored by the Uganda Tourism Board with support of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP) – under the World Bank.

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