Winners this year for best African stand was to the surprise of many Morocco, which seemingly met the expectations of the judges when the votes were cast and counted, followed as runner up by last years surprise winner Burundi, which in 2011 dethroned Rwanda after a reign of 4 years, then coming out on top.
Third however this year was Uganda, undoubtedly also benefitting from the Lonely Planet nomination as Best Destination 2012, followed by the more fancied Rwanda in fourth and Kenya who took fifth place.
Uganda was represented by a delegation led by Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Tourism and accompanied by the Uganda Tourist Board General Manager Cuthbert Baguma, besides a number of private sector stakeholders who had travelled to Berlin to promote their safari and lodge business back home in The Pearl of Africa.
On 09th October this year Uganda will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Independence from former colonial masters Britain and a major PR effort is gearing up towards that event, which will be used to make the #VisitUganda2012 Year hopefully the best ever, inspite of the continued lack of sufficient resources for both the tourist board and the ministry itself within the government budgetary framework. Well done to the Ugandan team for doing the country proud.