The Government of Uganda will soon convene a special stakeholders’ meeting to lay strategies for tourism promotion in and outside the country. Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said this today while welcoming Uganda’s recent rating as the best tourist destination in the world.
Mr Mbabazi was meeting a delegation led by the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Mr Akbar Al-Baker that called on him in his Boardroom. Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guidebook and digital media publisher recently released a list of the best tourist destinations in the world, with Uganda ahead of the leading 10 countries.
While receiving Qatar Airways officials the Prime Minister described Uganda as a land of opportunities, and welcomed the new airline into the Pearl of Africa. Mr Mbabazi, however, noted that although Uganda was rated the number-one tourist destination in the world she has not adequately marketed her tourism potential.
He said the arrival of Qatar Airways into Ugandan skies was a sign of investor and tourist confidence in the country’s economy that should be exploited.
The Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr Akbar Al-Baker revealed that at least 300 Ugandans had already landed jobs on the new airline which launched daily direct Doha-Entebbe flights on Wednesday.
During the meeting the Minister for General Duties, Dr Khiddu Makubuya said the daily Qatar Airways flights in and out of Entebbe would give passengers a variety of choice in travel means. The meeting also attracted the State Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Chebrot.
In attendance were the Director of Al Rashid Investments, Mr Sibtien Ali Bhai, the Director of Africa Middle East Resources, Mr Aboobacker Mohammad and the Qatar Airways Security Manager, Mr Ramayah Subramaniam.