Uganda Community Tourism Association E-Newsletter ~ January 2015

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E-Newsletter ~ January 2015

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The Uganda Community Tourism Association’s mission is to spearhead sustainable community-based tourism in collaboration with stakeholders, aiming at increasing community benefits, promoting quality standards, ownership and conservation of natural and cultural resources for better livelihoods in Uganda.
Pearls of Uganda is a UCOTA marketing initiative which aims to provide a platform for community-based tourism initiatives in Uganda.
Partnered with UCOTA
Partnered with UCOTA
Tourists enjoying a walk in the village.
Black & white colubus Monkey in Bigodi Wetland
Dear Reader,

Greetings from Uganda Community Tourism Association,

We take this opportunity to salute you in the year 2015 and wish you a fruitful 12 months of lots of activities in the tourism sector.

The year has started well; a sign that there are great things to come as we endeavor to realize the full potential that Community Based Tourism has. We are hopeful, We have the zeal and most importantly We have you our dear partners who have walked this journey with us for and made the dream valid.

As we begin this year’s chapter, our first edition of UCOTA E~Newsletter will highlight on the milestones that the organization has achieved recently. It will also touch on the expected tourism activities for the present year in the calender section.

Let’s take roll together through this interesting journey.

Fabulous reading!


UCOTA partners with World Travel Market Africa
Community Based Tourism is one of the key approaches that is being used to economically empower the local communities. In the continued efforts to strengthen it’s partnership with various stakeholders in the tourism industry, UCOTA has partnered with World Travel Market in promoting tourism activities.

In the partnership agreement that was signed towards the close of 2014, UCOTA is to help WTM publicize it’s upcoming events in April 15th to 17th 2015. WTM on the other part will promote UCOTA’s work by marking the organization visible to the exhibitors and it’s partners world over. This is a positive move as UCOTA strives to promote community tourism to various stakeholders in the tourism industry.

World Travel Market Africa is the leading B2B exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel & tourism markets. Through its industry networks, global reach and regional focus, WTM Africa creates personal and business opportunities providing our customers with quality contacts, content and communities.

Only at WTM Africa can you simultaneously

Generate sales leads, launch new products, enter new markets, raise brand awareness, size up your competition, conduct market research, command press attention and develop and maintain relationships. Read more…

UCOTA partners with Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda

In yet another milestone to promote community tourism in Uganda, UCOTA has partnered with Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda (STTA).

The union which is in it’s early stages, seeks to put the country in the spotlight not only in community ventures but tourism as whole by highlighting on the sustainable tourism activities, organizations and a wide range of sustainability issues.

This will be done through stories that will be published in the East African Tourism Report to be published by STTA. The write ups will not be limited to UCOTA or it’s members but various sustainable tourism activities carried out by various stakeholders in Uganda. Read more…

Understanding Community Based Tourism

A community by definition implies individuals with some kind of collective responsibility, and the ability to make decisions by representative bodies.

Community based tourism is tourism in which local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalized) invite tourists to visit their communities with the provision of overnight accommodation.

The residents earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs, service and produce providers, and employees. At least part of the tourist income is set aside for projects which provide benefits to the community as a whole. Read more…

Alluring Destination Experience

Bigodi Wetland ~ Community’s Goldmine

On your way from Fort portal to Kamwenge about 39kms, you will come across a wetland called Bigodi wetland sanctuary (formerly known as Magombe swamp). By a mere look you might not understand that it is a goldmine of Bigodi community.

My coming to the community was mysterious as the community was just a few kilometres from where I lived yet I didn’t know the place thanks to one George Owoyesigire who told me about them.

After lots on online research, I later managed to link up with Mr. John Tinka who introduced me to the community’s governing body Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED).Read more…

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