Jumia Travel Uganda celebrated World Tourism Day in style as it hosted journalists to a media trip on Ssese Islands in Kalangala District, the official destination for the national celebrations where all stakeholders in the tourism sector came together to commemorate the day on September 27.
The event that was attended by a big number of local and foreign dignitaries was officiated by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who called for sustainable utilization of natural resources for tourism development.
The trip to Ssese started from Kampala through Masaka where the team took a ferry-MV Kalangala that sails between Bukakata and Bugoma ports of Africa’s largest lake-Lake Victoria. After an hour’s drive from Bugoma to Kalangala District the team stopped off briefly at the celebrations where they proceeded for a delicious meal at Brovad Sands Lodge.
The focus was to create more awareness on key travel destinations in Uganda and unlock its tourism potential thus contributing to national development. The national hashtag was #TulambuleSseIsland with Jumia Travel’s being #JumiaTourismDay.
Some of the journalists who had not crossed any section Lake Victoria before were excited as they took selfies of themselves while on MV-Kalangala and on the shores of the lake that is shared between Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
“This trip is a reminder to me that Ugandans need to tour their own country. I have not been to such a beautiful quiet place,” said one journalist, who promised to write about Uganda’s tourism destinations.
Jumia Travel Uganda was excited to be part of these celebrations and continues to be a big part of the Tourism sector. Country Manager Timothy Mugume says, “Domestic Tourism is a big resource for revenue and a big contributor to the GDP. We should tour our lovely country and while at it discover more ways of how we can add value and get value”.
The colourful celebrations characterised entertainment from various local groups who kept guests wanting more.
The author is the PR Manager of Jumia Travel in Uganda