Tourism from US and Canada continues to grow as more North Americans visit Uganda

Tourist numbers from North American (The United States and Canada) tour operators directly selling Uganda leisure travel packages has more than doubled from 2015 to 2016.

The rise in numbers is largely due to the increased marketing efforts by Uganda Tourism Board through the North American public relations and travel trade representation firm, PHG Consulting. Engaged in May 2016, PHG Consulting has been promoting Uganda to the North American market through strategic direct sales and marketing efforts, public and media relations; and integrated promotions. 

“In 2015, we had no Uganda offerings, as interest was low,” says one North American tour operator “In 2016 when we had more than 50 bookings.” 

He says they have now added in more itinerary options that include Uganda because of the growing interest.  The sustained growth has been experienced across the board by other operators as well. In some case, operators have seen sales to Uganda triple in number.

A separate operator surveyed reported that their numbers rose from 80 to 250 from 2015 to 2015. Yet another American tour operator in the luxury category participated in a familiarisation trip to Uganda and has since increased sales from 18 trips to 62 trips, with this number anticipated to rise to 90 in 2017. 

“The numbers are beginning to show since we began promoting Uganda in the North America market. This too is happening in the other markets in the UK and Europe,” says Stephen Asiimwe the CEO Uganda Tourism Board.