UCOTA was formed in July 1998 to promote community-based tourism in Uganda. It is an umbrella national not-for-profit making organization and her membership is drawn from individuals and groups involved in community-based tourism enterprises (CBTEs) across the country. The majority of members are located along the fringes of major national parks, game reserves and central forest reserves in Uganda. In November 2004, UCOTA was incorporated under the laws of Uganda as a non-profit company limited by guarantee.

In 2015, UCOTA had over 70 members, consisting of 4,245 individuals of whom 56% were women. Out of 70 member organisations, 25 are initiated, led and owned by women. UCOTA members run small community-based tourism enterprises such as accommodation, catering, tour guide, cultural music, dance and drama, community interaction and handcraft sales among others.

Chairperson: Patrick Tumwijukye +256776 967 277
Executive Director: Hellen Lubowa +256772 417246 helen@ucota.or.ug