EAST AFRICAN TOUR OPERATORS PLAN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SINGLE TOURIST VISA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:

singleAt the onset of 2014, the three East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya reached an arrangement to position themselves as a single tourism destination by launching a single tourist Visa though little was detailed on how the line implementers would achieve this.

Upon this background, the tour and travel operators met last week in a meeting championed by the leading hotel investor in the region – The Serena Hotels, and the national carrier of Rwanda – Air Rwanda to boost their understanding and knowledge of the attractions in the region including those encountered on Uganda safaris. This was aimed at diversifying the knowledge of the travel and tour agents regarding the safari products that are offered in the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya among which include; gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, Chimpanzee trekking safaris, Wildlife safaris and cultural safaris such that they can expand beyond borders.

The single tourist visa stands at $100 paid once in any of these three countries while previously the travellers who wanted to undertake safari in Uganda paid $50 as well as Kenya and those on Rwanda safari paid $40. This initiative helps the tourists to save and explore a wider destination of East Africa and since the tour operators are the vendors of the tourist products, it is very significant gain empowerment on how to market this destination and tap the arising opportunities.

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