As World Tourism Day 2020 approaches, there is good news on all fronts for Uganda’s tourism sector.
The news of the imminent re-opening of Entebbe airport, the primary gateway into the Pearl of Africa for tourists, was followed by the announcement that Uganda has just been awarded with Rebuilding Travel’s Safer Tourism’s Seal.
In today’s world, dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, both local citizens and visitors throughout the world demand safety and security implemented by well-trained professionals.
Tourists understand the relationship between safety, security, reputation, economic viability, and health. These five factors, when combined, are called tourism surety. Each of these factors is essential in being awarded a Safer Tourism Seal.
As you know, Belgium has the honour to take the lead in the tourism sector in Uganda in 2020 – during a challenging period – on behalf of the EU, together with our Dutch colleagues. This week our colleague Frédéric Lavis represented the Embassy at the E-conference on Domestic Tourism, organized by the Uganda Tourism Board. It gave a platform for various stakeholders to discuss, amongst other things, Uganda’s Tourism strategy.
Tourism will continue to be a pillar of Uganda’s economy, contributing massively to the country’s economic development, something that many Belgian investors have already tapped into across a wide spectrum of services and locations.
They have an active footprint in several hospitality facilities such as Nature lodges, restaurants, tour and travel agencies and not to forget Brussels Airlines, the key Belgian air link that flies in tourists from all over the globe.
Building on these close links with Belgium, ‘ ‘we look forward to reviving the sector back to its best, by working in close cooperation with the Government of Uganda and with Ugandan and European private actors, in the weeks and months to come.’’