UGANDA RANKS 6TH AS MOST POPULAR AFRICAN DESTINATION FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
July 11, 2020. Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been ranked the sixth most popular destination in Africa for hosting international conferences and events in the 2019 statistics report released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). ICCA represents the world’s leading association for the global meetings, conference and events industry.
The rank is a four point advancement from the 2018 report where Uganda ranked 10th. Uganda has over the last 5 years ranked consistently in the top 10 African destinations for hosting international conferences and events. The rankings are based on the number of association meetings taking place regularly, rotating between at least three different countries and with 50 participants.
According to the UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova, Uganda in 2019 hosted 22 association meetings including the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentarians Conference, 8th African Population Conference, Africa Now Summit, 4th African Judicial Dialogue and the 2nd Congress of the African Primatological Conference; among others all which attracted a variance of domestic, regional and international visitors and contributed to the rankings that currently place Uganda as a top Meeting and Events destination in Africa.
“In 2020, Uganda had organised and was scheduled to host a number of notable conferences and meetings that had to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These included among others; the G77 summit, Africa Climate week, World Health Summit, CBR World Congress and the AfrAA Conference,” Ajarova explained.
She highlighted that many of these conferences have been rescheduled to take place in 2021 pending confirmation of the dates as the COVID-19 pandemic is examined and travel restrictions reviewed.
“As Uganda continues to grow its MICE industry, the next few years will see our association meetings increase as the world normalises in the post COVID era,” Ajarova concluded.
ABOUT MICE IN UGANDA
Uganda offers a wholesome international meeting experience for small or large groups with a complete pre and post-conference tour experience. We offer unrivalled safety and ease of entry, with travellers having the option of obtaining a visa upon arrival. Our central location on the African continent offers delegates numerous connecting flight options. Coupled with the re-birth and the fast-expansion of our national carrierUganda Airlines, you can be assured of faster and direct flights to the Pearl of Africa. Be it a large international conference of up to 2,500 delegates on the breezy shores of Lake Victoria or a small-sized and custom-designed business getaway in the wild in any of our numerous richly endowed national parks, Uganda has it all. For an unforgettable meeting experience, think Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.
Known as the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda is located in East Africa and offers some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and immersive cultural experiences and warm people and hospitality. Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to observe these gentle giants in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the world’s top bucket list travel activities. Safari opportunities abound in savanna, forest, and wetland settings throughout 10 national parks, where visitors can come face to face with “The Big Five” – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo – as well as giraffe, zebra, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, crocodile, and more than half of all bird species found in Africa. Among Uganda’s extraordinary natural attractions are the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; expansive Lake Victoria, which forms the source of the Nile River; and Murchison Falls National Park.
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