The dates for the 2020 pearl of Africa tourism expo have been unveiled by the Uganda Tourism Board. As part of its role- to promote destination Uganda as the best Africa safari destination, the Uganda Tourism Board organizes an annual expo which is aimed at exhibiting the endless attraction that Uganda has to offer to anyone who visits the country for their Africa tour experience.
The 5th Pearl Of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) is set to take place in February 2020 running for 3 days between 4-6th at Speke Resort Munyonyi. This edition of POATE is scheduled to run under the theme inspiring high-value engagement to promote intra Africa travel for leisure, business and adventure.
A statement from the desk of Sandra Natukunda, Senior Public Relations Officer of UTB reads in part: “POATE 2020 will integrate a business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) trade event format under the theme ‘Inspiring high-value engagement to promote intra-Africa travel for leisure, business and adventure,’ aimed at raising Uganda’s profile as a preferred destination in the region and internationally.”
Launching the event, the Hon. State Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, noted the board’s focus on Intra-Africa travel. He said, “Tourism has long been advocated as an alternative strategy for economic development and social reconstruction. The focus on Intra-Africa travel during this expo and beyond is aimed to increase the number of African arrivals to Uganda. With the revival of … Uganda Airlines, regional connectivity is easier and this among others will allow for intra-Africa travel to thrive.”
UTB Board Chairman, the Hon. Daudi Migereko, noted that POATE was a strategic avenue to market and promote the country to a group of select hosted buyers in a broader goal to increase tourist arrivals to Uganda as per the UTB strategic plan. “Trade expos have been known to drive high value engagement, and the focus on Africa is timely for Uganda given the recent interest of travelers on the continent”, the chairman said.
Lilly Ajarova, the UTB CEO, said that POATE is one of the key strategies for the promotion of Uganda’s tourism in the region and across the world. The expo facilitates key linkages through hosted buyers between tourists and domestic tour operators. Furthermore, it allows Uganda to showcase directly to various groups of hosted buyers who play a key role in the increment of visitor arrivals.
“On a weeklong FAM trip, we shall host and showcase … hosted buyers to some of Uganda’s unique experiences and gems and ensure a rich and memorable experience so they get a hands-on sense of Uganda as a tourist destination. Hosted buyers will include tour agents, travel media, hoteliers, among others, and over 70 hosted buyers are expected from Uganda’s key source markets such as Africa, North America, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, among others,” Ajarova noted.
The first 2 days of the event will constitute seminars and workshops, B2B meetings, and conferences while the last day will be open to the public for B2C engagements between the public and attending exhibitors and hosted buyers.
To primatologists and any other person who is intrigued by these wild cousins of ours, Uganda isn’t only the Pearl of Africa as many of us know it to be but also is truly the home of primates and this is because Uganda is home to over 13 primate species a number that isn’t easily found elsewhere on the planet. Are you on a search for mountain gorillas? If you’re then getting your bags ready and make that Uganda safari tour because Uganda is home to these elusive mountain gorillas. An encounter with the gorillas takes you on a short Uganda tour/ short Uganda safari or long Uganda safari tours journey to either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This Uganda gorilla safari journey to any of these parks can easily be done using any of 4×4 safari cars hire in Uganda which include 4×4 minibuses for hire in Uganda, 4×4 safari vans for hire in Uganda, 4×4 safari land cruisers, 4×4 safari jeeps for hire in Uganda.
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