President Yoweri Museveni today endorses the three PR and Marketing firms that are to represent Uganda in the growing global travel market. The firms PHG Consulting, Kamageo and KPRN represent, promote and seek tourism investment on behalf of Uganda in the North America, UK and Ireland, and German speaking markets, respectively, at a total cost of US$1.5million for a year.
These firms were chosen after an international competitive bidding process managed and funded by the World Bank through the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP), coordinated by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). The five-year project comprises of four major components and is being implemented by seven agencies.
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is one of the beneficiary Government Agencies that has received support from World Bank. Under CEDP, the tourism sector is being supported through product planning, packaging and promotion among other components. The project will support the Government of Uganda in promoting tourism products and services to our key source markets of North America (USA and Canada), UK and Ireland; and Germany speaking Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
Under this arrangement, the Uganda Tourism Board is using part of this support to engage public relations and marketing firms to provide strategic marketing, sales representation, and public relations services in the above mentioned key source markets. The purpose is to popularize Uganda’s existing and new tourism products and services in order to increase their visibility and attract more tourists.
“According to the World Tourism Organization, tourism has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future. Tourism builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage,” says Dr. Maria Mutagamba the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
The overall objective of the assignment is to leverage Uganda as a prime tourism travel destination. This is to be achieved by providing strategic marketing, sales representation and public relations services in North America (USA and Canada), UK and Ireland; and Germany speaking Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). This is to increase tourism arrivals and length of stay in the country and overall spend.
Uganda Tourism Board CEO Stephen Asiimwe says the firms work will directly impact on development and employment in Uganda.
“In 2015, the direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was UGX2,982.1bn (3.7% of GDP). This is forecast to rise by 0.7% to UGX3,002.7bn in 2016,” says Asiimwe. He adds that this contribution reflects the economic activity generated by industries such as hotels, travel agents, airlines entertainment, leisure, and transportation services.
“Tourism generated 464,500 jobs directly in 2015 (3.1% of total employment), while in the wider context including effects from investment, the supply chain and induced income impacts, it generated 1,173,000 jobs (7.8% of total employment),” says Asiimwe.
The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP (including wider effects from investment, the supply chain and induced income impacts) was UGX7,270.5bn in 2015 (9.0% of GDP) and is expected to grow by 1.4% to UGX7,372.1bn (8.6% of GDP) in 2016.