Kenya and Uganda are working on a grand scheme to increase the number of tourists visiting the countries. both countries reckon that they have unique features that are more marketable if they are packaged together. according to Uganda, Kenya has the Mombasa beach front which provides tourists with sandy beaches. Uganda on its part boost of having the fauna and flora including chimpanzees and Mountain gorillas.
There is an arrangement to package both destinations as a package. According to Uganda’s Consul General in Mombasa international tourists can have an exclusive and complete tour of both countries. Mr Mukhmbya reckons that the complete deal will see an increase in tourist numbers.
Mombasa is expected to host a conference on tourism on the 17th of November 2022. The conference main aim is to foster synergies among stakeholders from both countries.
The conference is organised by the Uganda consulate in Mombasa in collaboration with the Kenya Tourism Board, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Airlines, Uganda Tourism Association among other stakeholders The conference is expected to strengthen networks and maximise the tourism potential between Uganda and Kenya’s coastal region.
It will be followed by a tour of tourist attractions at the Kenya Coast, thereafter, selected tour operators, members of the media, and influencers from Kenya will proceed on a familiarisation trip to Uganda for first-hand experience of some of the tourism attractions in Uganda.
Tourism Conference and Facilities
Direct flights between Mombasa and Entebbe by Uganda airlines are a big boost to the linkage between Kenya Coast and Uganda.
Apart from rich flora and fauna, Uganda is endowed with unique safaris, rich cultural and historical heritage, tree-climbing lions, and 1,063 bird species in national parks and protected areas spread across the country. The country also boasts of the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountain ranges, Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi and the River Nile among other several attractions.
The Coastal region on the other hand is the tourism hub of Kenya and has several tourist attractions from the historical Fort Jesus, Beautiful Beaches and Resorts, Marine National Parks, Elephant sanctuary, the Dolphins, Wildlife Parks, slave caves, and sacred forests, Vasco Da Gama Fort in Malindi, White sands, the Coral Reefs, diving and snorkeling among others.The Coastal region offers travelers an exotic taste of the African tropics steeped in centuries of seafaring history.
Tourism is one of the key sectors in all the economies of the East African region. The sector contributes an average of 17% to export earnings and its contribution to GDP is substantial, averaging at around 10%.
It generates about 7% of employment in the region. More so, tourism has important linkages with other sectors of the economy including agriculture, manufacturing, and the service sector among others.