UTB (Uganda Tourism Board) has urged its government to cut down its tourism visa fees from $100 per tourist to $50 in order to compete with the other East African countries and attract more tourists to visit Uganda as per the joint tourism approach.
Senior Marketing Officer at UTB, Sylvia Kalembe, made this plea during a joint tourism meet with Rwanda Tour Operators to promote tourism among East African countries at Bunyonyi Overland Resort Camp in Kabale.
According to Kalembe, Uganda’s high visa fees deterred some tourists, who preferred visiting the other East African countries that are cheaper. Tourist fee is $50 per head in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. Taking this drop in tourists into account, she asked the Ugandan government to consider revising these fees with a view to attracting more tourists.
Meanwhile, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda are collaborating for a joint tourism effort, under which one visa will be sufficient to visit all the three countries. It will see tourists being charged once at entry in whichever country they arrive first. It will reduce the burden of tourists of having to pay to get a visa each time they enter one of these countries.
On this occasion, tour operators from Rwanda visited Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks to enjoy the tourist spots.
The delegation led by Rwanda Wildlife Tours Director General, Davidson Mugisha, vowed to always to bring tourists to Uganda after they completed touring Rwanda.
Mugisha added that they were not bringing tourists earlier to Uganda as they did not know the tourism products the country had to offer.
Tourist attractions in Uganda include national parks, waterfalls, tropical forests etc. In addition, it has water sports, hiking and mountain climbing. Many tourists from India have already been visiting Uganda, but thousands in this country are still unaware of what that country offers. Contact us at Y-Axis to know more about the tourist amenities available in this African country.