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Kenya: Second Version of Kenya – Uganda Coast Tourism Convention Kicks Off in Mombasa

Uganda’s Minister of State for Overseas Affairs, John Mulimba and his tourism counterpart, Martin Mugarra have led a delegation of over 200 contributors for this 12 months’s Uganda-Kenya Coast Tourism Convention in Mombasa.

The staff consists of each personal and public sector gamers.

The convention that runs from November 13 and 14 is organized by the Consulate Basic of Uganda in Mombasa, the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) in addition to tourism stakeholders in Uganda and on the Kenyan Coast on the Diani Reef Seaside Resort and Spa’s Diani Reef Conference Centre.

Thereafter the Ugandan delegation shall immerse themselves in quite a lot of coastal excursions and experiences.

Between November, 22 and December, 22, Uganda can even host the Kenyan delegation to a sequence of familiarisation journeys to varied Ugandan locations and experiences.

There can even be a Enterprise to Enterprise (B2B) convention which runs beneath the theme; “Consolidating networks, synergies and variety to maximise the tourism potential between Uganda and Kenya coastal area”.

Explaining the significance of the convention to each international locations, John Mulimba stated that Uganda and Kenya already get pleasure from mutual brisk enterprise, together with tourism and due to this fact this is a chance to consolidate and speed up the amount and worth of this enterprise relationship.

“Uganda is Kenya’s second largest supply marketplace for vacationers. In 2022, 150,900 Ugandans visited Kenya. Out of those, 22,200 visited the Kenyan Coast, up from 10,100 in 2021. Likewise, Kenya is Uganda’s main supply marketplace for vacationers. In 2022, 376,294 Kenyans visited Uganda, a rise of over 40,000 vacationers from the 326,387 Kenyans vacationers who visited Uganda in 2021. The rising curiosity for Kenyans to go to Uganda is principally on account of varied occasions that happen in Uganda equivalent to Golf and Rugby tournaments, festivals, and music concert events amongst others. For Ugandans, the principle causes for visiting Kenya Coast are: to benefit from the seashores and the coastal surroundings and options; attend conferences and likewise for training functions. There’s additionally a rising variety of Ugandans who go to Kenya Coast to have their marriage ceremony events or spend their honeymoon at some to of the coastal lodges,” Mulimba famous.

“The general goal of the convention is to consolidate networks, synergies and variety to maximise the tourism potential between Uganda and Kenya coastal area,” he added.

Uganda’s Consul Basic in Mombasa, Amb. Paul Mukumbya stated convention can even assist create extra consciousness in regards to the two locations and the tourism merchandise they provide in addition to improve the synergies and complementarity between key tourism gamers from Uganda and the Kenya coastal area.

“Constructing on the achievements of final 12 months’s convention, the second Uganda- Kenya Coast Tourism Convention shall proceed to additional discover funding alternatives within the tourism sector in Uganda, present a platform for enterprise to enterprise networking, studying and knowledge sharing in addition to equip the important thing tourism gamers from Uganda and the Kenya coastal area with first-hand expertise of the important thing tourism points of interest in order that they’re in higher place to market these points of interest in addition to promote. The convention can even discover additional methods wherein to popularise the Entebbe – Mombasa route operated by the Uganda Airways,” Mukumbya stated.

The State Minister for Tourism, Martin Mugarra emphasised the function of regional journey as a key driver of tourism numbers in East Africa.

“Given the proximity to one another and the more and more higher connectivity between our countries- Uganda Airways- now flies twice day by day to Nairobi, and thrice on Fridays, as nicely thrice to Mombasa. Extending regional journey to incorporate international guests will definitely add worth to each our international locations, in addition to create higher and unforgettable experiences for our guests, therefore rising their chance of returning in addition to recommending our two locations.”

The president of Uganda Tourism Associations (COUTA), Herbert Byaruhanga stated the convention suits nicely inside the business’s want to develop each the amount and worth of tourism to the area.