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89 year old Mehta and wife enjoy maiden Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mr. Mahendra N. Mehta aged 89 & Wife Sunayana Mehta 87 of the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) together with 5 other members of the family comprising of 3 Mehta family generations recently reveled in the unique mountain gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.



The tourism and travel business will never be the same again following the Covid-19 pandemic. Will the industry recover from this chain of events that no one saw coming?


Growing Tourism on the Rwenzori Mountain

News coming in from the Rwenzori Mountains National Park reveals that a great decision was made by the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to allow the movement of tourist vans when he declared fresh lockdown measures amidst a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, provided they were registered and licensed to transport tourists.         



There have been very many updates on the travel regulations and restrictions due to the global COVID 19 pandemic. We encourage all our travelers to take heart for this too shall pass.

Effective from the 3rd July 2021 until 31 July 2021, the Ugandan government has introduced the following guidelines regarding clearance of tourists and other residents returning to Uganda:


Uganda Tourism Association Kickstarts COVID -19 Recovery For Tourism Sector

At a stakeholders’ engagement in Kampala on Wednesday (26th May 2021), Uganda Tourism Association unveiled a new project titled CERRRP, aimed at kickstarting resilience from the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project which in full is the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) has been funded by the Mastercard Foundation, supported by the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) for entities in the Tourism Sector.

Speaking at the meeting which included trade associations, hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents, community-tourism enterprises, tour guides, visual arts practitioners, among others; Mrs. Pearl Hoareau Kakooza, the president of Uganda’s tourism private sector apex body, UTA, made a passionate call to the stakeholders to engage with the project expeditiously as it was limited to only six months within which it had to be fully implemented.

Mr. Richard Kawere, the project’s coordinator who also is the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Association mentioned that the beneficiaries of the CERRRP project were to be picked, focusing on the sector’s value chain using the different trade associations that comprise UTA.

It is without a doubt that the Tourism and Hospitality Industry was the hardest-hit sector of the global economy by the COVID-19 outbreak. As countries around the world continue to struggle with the crash in international tourism during the novel coronavirus pandemic that has cost the global economy more than $4 trillion in 2020 and 2021, Uganda has been working to not only vaccinate its population and implement requisite Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) but to also cushion the economy towards some form of recovery.

The COVID-19 impact economic study carried out on the sector in Uganda by the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities indicated that 1 million tourist arrivals were lost, 7 in every 10 jobs in the sector were lost, 8 in every 10 hotel businesses registered business cancellations, 448,996 hotel rooms were canceled between March to July 2020, and 9 in every 10 tour companies registered cancellations. A total average Job loss of 74.4% in the sector.

“This project intends to support the tourism and hospitality MSMEs to mitigate effects of COVID -19 through structured business recovery and resilience support, especially through a common user facility, to return to work and support the economy through re-employment of those that lost jobs and creation of new opportunities, especially for youth and women,” Richard stated.

As revealed in its name, the project’s interventions are expected to improve marketing and promotion using modern technologies to drive demand and stimulate travel especially for the domestic travelers who will then lead to the restoration of Jobs and the creation of new opportunities for work, while triggering international travel confidence.

Among many outcomes, the project also intends to specifically focus on the development of new tourism products, strengthen cooperation and coordination of the actors along the tourism value chain; improve institutional capacity through sector performance guided by policies like strategic plans and manuals; and developing new standards as well as training professionals in the tourism sector.

The UTA president, in her remarks also reminded the sector players that tourism in Uganda is private sector driven and therefore called upon all the different trade groups to prove and exercise the different mandates in ensuring that everything moved quickly to deliver the project to its full completion.


For more details on how to apply for support under the CERRRP project as a tourism sector player, you are encouraged to contact your trade association or the Uganda Tourism Association secretariat directly at or +256 785 489 481

Learn More about the project here



May 10, 2021

The Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) seeks the services of consultants towards the implementation of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery And Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) under a series of project items and actions as listed below.

UTA now welcomes eligible consultants to submit sealed expressions of interest for the following actions. Click on specific Terms of Reference (TORs) to download and apply:

  1. Firm / Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) To Conduct Trainings For UTA And Member Associations
  2. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) Adoption And Training On  Adventure Tourism Standards And Set Up Critical Team Of 20 Trainers (TOT) For Scaling Up For Promotion And Adoption Of Adventure Standards For Tourism Business Enterprises
  3. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of Strategic Plans For UTA And Member Associations
  4. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of Tourism Documentaries And Marketing Videos
  5. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of A Digital Platform That Increases Access To Market For The Crafts Produced In Uganda
  6. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of A Heritage Tourism Product Trail For Uganda
  7. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of A Unique Religious Tourism Trail And Souvenir For UTA And Member Associations
  8. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of A Uganda Birds’ Guide Catalogue For Both Online And Offline Marketing For UTA
  9. Individual Consultants’ Terms Of Reference (TORs) For The Development Of A Digital Platform For The Tourism Sector To Showcase Various Services And Products


Below are the Strategic Plans under review.

1 – Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO)

2 – The Uganda Association of Travel Agents (TUGATA)

3 – Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA)

4 – Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA)

5 – Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA)


Interested eligible consultants may receive further information in this regard at the address given below from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Detailed technical and Financial Proposals should be submitted to Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) by 4th June, 2021 at 5:00pm proposal should be fully signed  submit electronically PDF and word  document to copy to

For any assistance refer to the address below

The Chief Executive Officer – Uganda Tourism Association UTA,

Capital Shoppers – Nakawa, 2nd Floor, Room 19

Kampala, Uganda, Telephone: +256 785 489 481


Uganda Awarded the Safer Tourism Evaluated Seal

Today, the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) can be proud. Uganda Tourism Board CEO Lilly Ajarova and Quality Assurance Officer Samora Semakula applied on August 24 for the Safer Tourism Seal . In addition to the self-assessment, UTB included a request for an independent evaluation.


Head of the Private Sector in Tourism encourages Ugandans to promote their own domestic tourism

I was recently asked during the just concluded e-conference hosted by PSFU, when the airport opens will Uganda be guaranteed foreign visitors? In other words, the moderator understood that re-opening of Entebbe International Airport wouldn’t be an immediate trigger for the high value foreign tourists to return to visit The Pearl of Africa.


Ugandan Arts and Crafts need to be streamlined, standardized to capture market-Experts

Art is a widespread language that dates back thousands of years ago where mankind told stories through pictures drawn on cave walls. Through the ages, artists have conveyed history through sketches, paintings, construction and sculptures.

Uganda aims at both local and international market for its handcrafts. Uganda’s handcraft trade is largely informal market with an inconsistent market access entry and penetration approaches and inadequate market distribution networks.


Tourism Private Sector ask government to reopen Entebbe Airport

The tourism private sector has asked the government to consider re-opening Entebbe International Airport, saying it is the main gateway into Uganda and an enabler for recovery of all sectors in the economy.