Friday, 2 November 2018

UGANDA LAUNCHES THE TULUMBE PEARL CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN



The festive season is already knocking at the doorway and many perhaps are wondering how best they can make it memorable but unfortunately, do not have any knowledge of which place to visit or spend special time with their dear ones. Well, for any plans to make your festive season a complete then consider Uganda a must to visit. Besides attracting foreign visitors, currently, a lot is being done to boost domestic tourism and currently, Uganda Tourism Board has launched what is dubbed ‘Tulambule Pearl Christmas campaign’-the initiative that is aimed at encouraging local tourists to pay a visit to different tourist sites that Uganda has in offer for the world. About 1.4 million tourist arrivals were registered in 2017 generating over $1.4 billion and this represents over 10% of the country’s GDP.

Whereas government targets 4 million international visitors by 2020, developing and promoting domestic tourism equally needs to be done if the set goal is to be achieved. Marketing Uganda both domestically and internationally will help attract more tourists to who will come to explore the country’s natural treasures. Uganda is naturally endowed with diverse wildlife, culture and nature. Its tourism sector is largely nature based with most safaris and tours mainly conducted in national parks that include Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki Valley National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park, and Mount Elgon National Park, Mount Rwenzori National Park,  historical and cultural sites for instance Kasubi tombs site.
 
What to see and do in Uganda
Uganda is endowed with diverse wildlife species both forest and savanna grassland dwellers. Among others include the rare mountain gorillas and to track these unique creatures in Uganda  you need $600 to secure your permit. Besides, you also have a chance to encounter the big game species-the elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions, leopards and many savanna grassland wildlife species. Most of the savanna grassland wildlife species include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki Valley National Park and if you are interested in tracking primates especially chimpanzees then Kibale Forest National Park is the best place you should consider on your bucket list. Others include Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest, Toro-Semuliki wildlife reserve, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and others.
 
Looking at the country’s diverse tourist attractions and rare nature, if Ugandans alone are allured to visit such picturesque sites, there would be a boom in the country’s tourism sector. Besides this would also bridge a gap of visitors that usually occurs during low season. Ugandans themselves are a major source of domestic revenue that needs to be tapped into and it is through aggressive marketing including campaigns like these ones that domestic tourism can be improved. However, this should also be backed by packages which are locally friendly. The deputy director UTB-John Ssempebwa also added that countries which do well in international tourism also do well in domestic tourism a reason why UTB has also come up to harness domestic tourism. He further added that 2018 is Uganda’s best year for tourism sighting an increase in visitor numbers. In 2008, about 700000 visitors were registered and in 2017, about 1.4 million visitors were recorded meaning at every ten years, Uganda’s visitor number doubles and it is expected to even increase more than what it is today to at least 1.7 million visitors. Other measures include recruiting tourism ambassadors which is intended to aid in promoting the country’s tourism sector both nationally and internationally. That said, Zari Hassan is currently the ambassador of tourism and by next year, Kanye West and the family. 

The chairperson Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) 'Susan Muhwezi' also pointed out that whereas accommodation facilities like hotels are prepared and even introduced locally friendly offers for domestic visitors for the festive season, government on the other hand also needs to do something on tax reduction. The festive season is normally the busiest period for all national parks and accommodation facilities. The private sector and government need to cooperate and interestingly, UHOA has trained its staff on customer care and hotels have also accepted to take on interns.

Friday, 26 October 2018

FOOD TOURISM-the untapped tourism potential



When it comes to a safari in Uganda, most visitors are left to think that it is only about viewing the mountain gorillas or the big game and nothing else. But did you know that Uganda is an ideal destination for food tourism? The fact of the matter that we can’t do away with is that this magical country is endowed beyond wildlife. Uganda is a true melting pot of cultures given its diverse cultures which are represented in all its 4 regions of East, West, South and the North. Interestingly, each region features its own cultural traits which make this country the best cultural safari destination. Besides traditional and cultural dances, music performances, food tourism is one thing you need to try out while on safari in this country and trust me you won’t regret thereafter. The authentic experience you get here will unveil the hidden secrets behind Uganda’s distinct cultural and traditional food/cuisines that make it one of the best destinations in Africa when it comes to cultural safaris.

Regardless of the fact Uganda is endowed with different kinds of tourism products, food tourism still remains untapped. For any plans to embark on cultural safari in this splendid country, count food tourism a must in your bucket list. According to UNWTO, the international tourism arrivals globally is estimated to increase by 3.3 percent each year by 2030 that will represent about 1.8 billion and emerging destinations equally will grow by 4.4 percent. That said, Uganda features among the world’s emerging tourist destinations whose tourism sector is at boom due to a number of unique attractions which enhance visitor experiences while on safari. It features a number of amazing opportunities that in the long run will continue boosting visitors’ experiences. To fulfill this, there is need for the country to expand and diversify its tourist products and at the end of it all, it will remain a vibrant destination. Besides, there is need to come up with the best brands that will sell the country’s rich food heritage and this can be best done by conducting adequate research.

Food tourism is all about you having enjoyable and a rare memory with Uganda’s incredible traditional food and drinks. Before, this product was best described as culinary tourism but unfortunately only a few people understood it. This type of tourism is one of a kind that rewards travel endeavors with authentic African experiences.

As a visitor in this incredible country, we understand your concern on which type of food you need to enjoy while on a road trip in Africa or perhaps you are interested in learning how different foods are prepared. Well, to start your day, do not miss to have a taste of Luwombo one of the best traditional dishes in central Uganda, malewa for Bagishu, Eshabwe, Firinda and Malakwang as well as odii in the north. 

Friday, 21 September 2018

UGANDA FOOD FESTIVAL




Usually, when someone thinks of undertaking a safari to Uganda, wildlife tours are looked at as the only experiences one must enjoy and yet there is a lot more in offer in this remarkable country. Culture still features as one of the untapped tourism potentials that await for you to explore while on Uganda safari. Ugandan culture comes in different forms and the most popular one include distinct cultural or historical sites and the others include exploring different cultural/traditional foods. That said, beginning 21st to 23rd September, 2018 Uganda Food Festival will be conducted and this will mark the third edition of Uganda International Cultural Fair. the most significant historical and cultural sites to explore in Uganda include kasubi tombs, Nakayima tree, Mparo tombs, Sezibwa falls, Namugongo shrine, Baker's fort, Wamala tombs, Ndere cultural center, Karambi tombs, Naggalabi Buddo coronation site, Igongo cultural center, Nyero rock painting, Nkokonjeru tombs,. This event will be conducted at Uganda National Museum and the major focus here is largely food. If you always wished to have a taste of different traditional foods in this country then it is high time you realized your dream.

 What is interesting is that all cultures in and beyond Uganda will prepare their cuisines and will be sold to revelers at pocket friendly prices. Among other foods to be sampled here include Kalo, Matooke, Luwombo, bbo, Marakwanga, Nvuluga, malewa and others, all of these will be showcased at the museum. Also, international cuisines across various communities right from Chinese, Turkish, Indian, Rwandan, Ethiopian, Mexican and Kenyan will be exhibited during this event. Samples can be got at shs1000 to enable you sample all cuisines. Besides, various communities will also display their dress codes, cultural music, storytelling, comedy, games, technology, poetry, brews a mention but a few. The entry fee for this event ranges from 2000 for children and 5000 for adults. It is during this event that gorilla conservation coffee will also be showcasing its products. This event was introduced by private sector PFT events and is organized as a public-private sector initiative. It is however intended to promote conservation and development of this country’s diverse cultural heritage as well as its interdependence. This year’s theme is mainly focused on developing cultural sectors for tourism promotion under the ‘Our Diverse Cultures Empowering Each Other. Come and sample Uganda's classic traditional cuisines that will leave you mesmerized!