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Govt to spend $2.7m on marketing Uganda's tourism

Uganda will spend at least $1.2 million (Shs 4.4bn) on marketing the country's tourism potential, an addition to the $1.5 million that was spent last year. 
 
State minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, says government will hire three more public relations firms from China, Japan and Gulf states to market Uganda's tourism potential. He revealed that each firm will pocket $ 400,000 (Shs 1.4 billion).
 
Tourists at Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary
In 2016, Uganda hired three public relations firms in German, UK and America to market the tourism sector with the aim of bolstering the number of foreign tourists. The three firms including PHG Consulting headquartered in USA, Kamageo of UK and KPRN of German pocketed $500,000 (Shs 1.8bn) each.
 
Kiwanda says government will also renew the contracts of the three firms. He says the overall assignment given to these firms is to leverage Uganda as a prime tourism travel destination, adding that the names of the new firms will be unveiled soon. 

Addressing journalists on what the ministry of Tourism has done in implementing the NRM manifesto at Media Centre on Tuesday, Kiwanda argued that marketing of Uganda tourism potential has for instance resulted into a 17 per cent increase of tourists from Germany where one of the companies publicising the country is based. 

Kiwanda said Uganda received 1.37 million tourists last year. The country targets to increase the number of tourists to 5 million by 2022 per year. 
 
According to World Bank, tourism is now the leading foreign exchange earner for Uganda, bringing in about $1.4 billion annually, which is 26 per cent of its total foreign exchange earnings and 9.9 per cent of its GDP. 

The sector employs about 520,000 people directly, and one million more indirectly, 70 per cent of them women and youth.

The World Bank, which assisted Uganda in negotiating the contracts with the three PR firms in November 2017 reported that the marketing campaign has had £1.2 million worth of media coverage in the UK market, €2 million in other markets.

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+1 #1 kelem 2018-05-16 08:15
The tourists are not blind, first clean up your house before opening your filthy mouth to the world.
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0 #2 Phalanch 2018-05-16 16:26
As fur as I know marketing is all about showing the value of using ur product or services.

Where is the value , when the only markets in Uganda are Dirty politics, corruption, embezzlement of public funds, poor road networks, cholera and ebola outbreaks outstanding facts selling Uganda world over and the list goes on.

Only marketing to blind can work for these blind creatures.
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0 #3 rubangakene 2018-05-18 21:33
Borrow a leaf from Tanzania; their tourism is flourishing because the 'wananchi' there are the marketing tools.

They are politically aware (fully sensitised from day one), polite and not greedy like our lot back here.

Until you wipe out corruption and engender genuine pride in our own country, no amount of money will woo the tourists to come here. As of recent 'unexplained deaths' of foreigners here has stained our tourism i dustry.
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