News from Uganda’s grassroots

UCOTA E-TEAM News – From Uganda’s tourism grassroots


Dear ATC Readers,

Welcome to our April- May 2017 UCOTA E-newsletter. This issue features news from UCOTA and other tourism related information from our member community enterprises, and Uganda tourism industry stakeholders. Our editorial team would like to appreciate you for taking some time off to read this issue. We wish to get feedback and comments with an aim of improving our subsequent editions. We thank you for visiting and interacting with us on the UCOTA facebook, twitter andblog pages. You can also visit our, for more information.

We wish you enjoyable reading…!

Thank you!
Helen Lubowa
Executive Director

5d8ec9ab-7e2a-4a2e-9bd8-659e2c768fb5.jpg one of the organisation websites was overhauled and given a face-lift on word press platform. The new site lists almost all authentic cultural tourism products in Uganda and lead attractions like National Parks that are located close to them. The site is user friendly and loads faster which qualities are expected to give the website visitors enjoyable time as they search for information.Read more


UCOTA new strategic plan 2017-2021 was unveiled on the 30th March 2017 at Golf Course Hotel Kampala. Community tourism is a sector that continually evolves and UCOTA focuses on continued excellence in her service provision to the membership, through – capacity building, marketing, advocacy, networking, resource mobilization and conservation of resources from which the communities derive tourism services they offer. Read more

KAFRED Win To Do! 2017 Awards


The TO DO! Award for social responsibility is given to organizations around the globe that practice tourism which is responsible not only socially but also environmentally. The Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) decided in 1995 to organize the "TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism" and to invite entries from all over the world. The TO DO! is awarded for projects, measures or products which are characterized by the active participation of the local population and fairness in the way the projects interact with all the stakeholders involved in the development of tourism. KAFRED becomes the second Ugandan organization and only 12th in Africa to win this prestigious international award that has been running for over 20 years. The first Ugandan program to win this award was the UCOTA Pearls-of-Uganda Initiative in 2012. Read more

State Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities pays courtesy call on UCOTA


State Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities paid a courtesy call on UCOTA. During the visit a range of issues regarding community and cultural tourism development were discussed. The visit was in line with the UCOTA new strategic plan 2017/21. AS UCOTA works towards achieving our mission 2021, “To promote community-based tourism through tourism enterprises capacity building, conservation of natural and culture resources and policy engagement that benefits communities in Uganda”. Read more

UCOTA Receives (FredsKorpset) Fk Fellows


Two fk fellows come in as we bid farewell to the dual, Joan and Hamza after their one-year stay in Uganda. Like the out-going, the new participants Ibahati and Zani are from Tanzania Association of Cultural Tourism Organisations (TACTO) and Kenya Community Based Tourism Initiative (KECOBAT) respectively. The incoming fk participants together bring with them over 5 years of community tourism development experience, having worked with community tourism enterprises in their home countries. Read more

Resty Homestay


A home away from home is Resty Homestay located in Fort-Portal, Western Uganda. Resty homestay is located in a serene environment that will allows one to relax from all hustles and city polluted atmosphere. It is a modern home that accommodates a small family of five with all basic facilities one may deserve to have on a trip or holiday with a beautiful landscape and lawn. Read more

Community of the month
Lake Mutanda Eco-community Center (MECC)


Located 6 kilometers from Kisoro town on the southern shore of Lake Mutanda in South-Western Uganda. This eco-friendly lodge is affiliated to Mgahinga Community Development Organisation (MCDO) also a Community Tourism Enterprise at the gate of Mgahinga National Park. MECC runs a suit camp with three tents each fitted with beds. In addition to cabin accommodation, camping facility on well trimmed lawn is also available.Read more


Further readings


  • Martyrs day: 3rdJune2017

  • ATLAS Africa Conference 2017- Eldoret, Kenya; 7th-9th June 2017
  • World Conference on “Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking low-carbon growth opportunities” Astana Kazakhstan: 26 – 27 June 2017
  • Arabian Travel Market 24th – 27th Dubai, UAE
  • Annual Banking Conference 2017 19th July Uganda, Serena Kampala Hotel
  • 35th Conference of the AEAA 7 – 11 August Kampala, Uganda
  • ATA 28th- 31st August Rwanda
  • Akwaaba African Travel Market 2017 September Nigeria
  • Kwita Izina Expo September Rwanda
  • JATA Tourism Expo 21st -24th September Japan
  • World Tourism Day 27-Sep Uganda
  • Magical Kenya 3rd October Kenya
  • KCCA city carnival: October 2017
  • African Birding Expo 17th – 19th November Uganda
  • WTM London 6th – 8th November London, United Kingdom

Funding opportunities

Travel Quotes

  • “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain
  • “One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller
  • “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” D.H. Lawrence
  • “I dislike feeling at home when I’m abroad.” George Bernard

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