Published on : Saturday, February 8, 2020
The 5th Annual Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) 2020 kick-started on February 4, 2020. It’s a three day business-to-business and business-to-customer engagement event among all the prime Ugandan and regional players of tourism with the chosen tourism wholesalers from Africa and other foreign tourism markets.
POATE, which was arranged at the Speke Resort in Munyonyo on the coast of Lake Victoria, has drawn more than 57 overseas hosted buyers and 140 domestic and regional tourism operators, along with international and domestic media.
The expo is currently running under the theme, “Promoting Intra-Africa Travel” in a bid to lift the unexplored potential presented by the rising African travel markets.
At the official opening ceremony of the event, Gen Rtd Moses Ali, Uganda first Deputy Prime Minister represented President Yoweri Museveni.
Museveni applauded the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) for arranging the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo, explaining that it would go a long way in “expanding business opportunities in the tourism sector in Uganda and the entire East African region.”
President Museveni informed the delegates to the expo that Uganda had considerably invested in creating “peace and stability, good road networks, enough electricity supply, better telecommunications networks and internet” and these investments would facilitate the tourism sector of Uganda to be competitive.
“Without investment in this critical infrastructure, tourism cannot flourish,” he said, adding, “The government has restored Uganda Airlines to attract tourists to Uganda, because [with] the many planned direct routes to Uganda, tourists and business people alike will have faster and more affordable travel to Uganda, making us a competitive destination.”