Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Woo Tourists
KAMPALA - The decision was reached by head of tourism bodies of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda in a bid to attract tourists to East Africa’s parks.
The East Africa Tourism visa which came into operation early this year is part of a joint initiative and decision made by Heads of State of the three countries.
The introduction of the visa is geared at enhancing the tourist product offering in the three countries and as a result increase the number of tourists to the three countries that have a diversity of experiences to explore.
According to Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa, the preferential treatment to foreigners in the member states would entice them to tour and extend their stay within the northern corridor States.
“These expatriates form a bulk of travelers in any destination and the six- month long tourism Visa will go a long way in tapping into this potential group,” Ndegwa said.
Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, the Rwanda Development Board’s head of department in charge of Tourism and Conservation said any foreign holder of the East Africa Tourist visa will move freely to and from any of the countries of residence to visit without having to pay for an extra visa for a period of six months.
Stephen Asiimwe, Uganda Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer, said the move is a great development for tourism in the region and regional co-operation.
The preferential treatment initiative, he said, means increased business for hotels, airlines, travel operators, the service industry and jobs for our people.