The world of tourism is quite captivated with the ongoing world travel Market which is currently going on in London as we speak. The world travel market (WTM) London is an international expo that brings many travel and tourism businesses, government tourism marketing bodies of numerous countries and world travellers under the same roof to explore the potential of carrying out business in various destinations and for the travellers to scout out their next potential destinations to visit on their bucket list.
Uganda where yours truly hails from has been well represented in this year’s trade fair by our very own marketing body Uganda Tourism Board, and several Uganda tour and travel companies and Uganda safari lodges such as Great Lakes safaris, Brovad tour & travel Uganda lodges and Sands Brovad Sands resorts, Emburara Farm Lodge to mention but only a few. All these companies here have one goal in common and that is to make a consented effort in persuading various international tourists to visit Uganda to encounter some of our diverse attractions that range from wildlife, culture, food, landscape and great weather.
This year’s event opened up with a wide variety of candid and interesting talks and conferences focused on making travel more inclusive. In a session called Access for All: Using Social Media for Travellers With Disabilities, travellers explained how apps and other tools are helping them to see more of the world.
Disability blogger and journalist Sassy Wyatt said: “Buildings can be made accessible, allowing tourism to become even more accessible. We just need to start on the people that pay the money. I feel that there is a need to employ people like us – those with disabilities who at the forefront can speak candidly about their experiences.”
This session was followed by a fascinating talk that was hosted by Puerto Rico in the Americas Inspiration Zone. Puerto Rico’s new destination marketing organization will promote the Caribbean island to LGBTQ holidaymakers as part of a drive to boost its economy.
What does LGBTQ stand for?
LGBTQ is a short form or an abbreviation that stands for people with a different sexual orientation. L stands for Lesbians- girls who are romantically attracted to other girls, G stands for Gay- men who are romantically attracted to other men. B stands for Bisexual people who are romantically attracted to both men and women. T stands for Transgender –these are people who have changed their sexual orientation into a new form like changing from a woman to a man and vice versa. Q stands for queer and these are people who are still questioning their sexual orientation.
Puerto Rico, a former Spanish colony that is now a commonwealth of the USA, Puerto Rico was hit by the Zika virus in 2016 and hurricanes in 2017. Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer at Discover Puerto Rico, told an LGBTQ seminar at WTM London – the event where ideas arrive – that there is huge potential for tourism.
“It is just 6.5% of GDP, which is very small for a Caribbean destination,” she told delegates.“Inclusivity is built into our DNA, but the Caribbean is not known for gay travel – some islands criminalise homosexuality. We will be the LGBTQ capital of the Caribbean.”
She outlined the island’s strategy, which saw research and training about the LGBTQ market, ahead of a plan to market to the gay community. The seminar also heard from Dana Artz, Sustainability Manager at online platform Evaneos, which works with 1,300 destination management companies around the world.
It is working with LGBT consultancy OutNow to train the DMCs about LGBT travellers and how tours can be tailored to each customer’s needs.
Ian Johnson, founder of Out Now, said the global LGBT market is worth $218.7 billion a year, moderated the seminar. He said LGBT holidaymakers are as diverse as the mainstream travel sector and urged destinations and hoteliers to research the market and train their staff about LGBT tourism.
The speakers at the seminar agreed that LGBT tourism is becoming less of a niche sector and is being incorporated into general marketing and advertising. Furthermore, LGBT travellers are becoming increasingly concerned about sustainability, climate change and their carbon footprint, said Johnson.
Unlike many of the Caribbean nations that have harsh policies towards tourists under the LGBTQ community, the East Africa destinations such as Tanzania Rwanda Uganda and Kenya are so welcoming to tourists who belong the LGBTQ and many of these tourists have continually made Africa safaris to these countries and have enjoyed the best of African wildlife safaris in these countries
What does east Africa have to offer to the LGBTQ community and other tourists?
An Africa safari tour to any of these countries is nothing short of spectacular given the diverse wildlife attractions that are found within these countries. Let me give you a highlight of what you will encounter while on your Kenya safari, Tanzania safari, Uganda safari, Rwanda safari or Congo safari
East Africa the land of primates
To primatologists and any other person who is intrigued by these wild cousins of ours, an Africa safari to either Uganda or Rwanda is all you need to encounter these hu
mans of the wild. A Uganda safari to some of the Uganda safari tour destinations such as Kibale National Park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park will ultimately prove to you as why Uganda isn’t only the Pearl of Africa as many of us know it to be but also is truly the home of primates and this is because Uganda is home to over 13 primate species a number that isn’t easily found elsewhere on the planet. Le
Let’s begin with the elusive mountain gorillas. Yes, if you are on the search for gorillas then think of visiting Uganda for your truly stunning Africa gorilla safari experience Uganda is home to these elusive mountain gorillas and a Uganda gorilla safari takes you Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda. where these magical beings are located. Gorilla safaris Uganda give you an opportunity to meet any of the 19 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you an amazing gorilla trekking Uganda safari experience.
These gentle giants in Uganda almost constitute half of the world’s gorilla population which is currently standing at around 1000 individuals. When it comes to gorillas, Uganda isn’t the only country that is home to these unforgettable mountain giants but these can also be encountered when you make a Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda gorilla tours put you in a unique position to encounter several of these amazingly shy land giants as they go about their daily rounds as this park is home to 10 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you an ultimate gorilla trekking Rwanda experience.
The other country that is ready to for you on your Africa gorilla tour adventure is Congo. You can ably enjoy a Congo gorilla safari with a Congo safari to Virunga National Park. When you visit Virunga National Park, be sure to a magical moment with the Mountain gorillas as this park is home to 8 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you the ultimate Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. During your Congo gorilla tour which can be 3 days Congo gorilla trekking safari, 3 days eastern lowland congo gorilla safari and 5 days Congo gorilla safari with Nyiragongo mountain hike you can also decide to visit Kahuzi Biega National Park as this park is home to the incredible eastern low land gorillas. Since gorillas are a popular attraction that many Africa tour visitors wish to see on their Africa tours, many local tour operators have developed numerous safari packages to ensure that regardless of your time schedule and budget, you can have a gorilla experience to remember. Some of the tour packages include short Uganda gorilla tours / short gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, short Congo gorilla safaris, long Uganda gorilla safaris, long Rwanda gorilla safaris, long Congo gorilla safaris . When you make your Uganda safari to this pearl of Africa, you will come to realize that mountain gorillas are just a part of what really Uganda has to offer. Uganda still has more attractions you will encounter in case you decide to make a Uganda wildlife safari. After a really spectacular encounter with the gorillas, Uganda gives you an opportunity to meet another great ape species and this is the chimpanzee. With a safari Uganda to Kibale Forest National Park Uganda, you are assured for a memorable encounter with the chimpanzees that will definitely fascinate you with their high levels of intelligence. However, as you search for the chimpanzees in Kibale you have an opportunity to meet 12 other primate species and these include the black and white colobus monkeys, the grey-cheeked mangabeys, the L’hoest monkeys, the olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, patas monkeys and many more.
East Africa the land of birds
Birds, when you speak of birds in Africa, Uganda should be your first priority because a Uganda birding safari is to any of the numerous birding safari destinations in Uganda such as Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidpeo Valley National Park and Kibale National Park is a totally unique experience that gives you an opportunity to encounter several of the 1070 bird species that call Dear Uganda home. This makes Uganda home to over 50% of all the bird species that are found on the African continent. However other countries in East Africa destinations such as Serengeti national park Akagera National Park , Masai Mara National Reserve are remarkable birding destinations
The land of wildlife mammals
Wild mammals- if you are looking for wild mammals, a Uganda wildlife safari to some of Uganda wildlife safaris destinations such as Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park will give you an encounter with some of the finest African savanna mammals like you have never seen before. Many of these destinations have 4 or 5 out of the big five Africa game which include African bush elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos. On top of these expect to encounter numerous other mammals such as Roth child giraffes, Burchell zebras, elands, Jackson hartebeests, topis, and wide variety antelopes. Since Uganda being part of the larger grassland plains of East Africa any Africa wildlife safari visitor can enjoy similar Africa safaris tour experience in Kenya similar to that enjoyed while on a tour Uganda to several of the tropical savanna grassland parks in Uganda.
Such an Africa safari experience can be had when you make a Kenya wildlife safari to Masai Mara National Reserve or other Kenya safari destinations like Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Aberdares National Park and Amboseli National Park Similarly, a Tanzania wildlife safari to Tanzania safari destinations such as as Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Park and Serengeti National Park. can also bear the same fruits. If you fancy a visit to some of these destinations you can freely choose some of our wide range of packages which include These include short Uganda wildlife tours , short Kenya wildlife safaris, short Tanzania wildlife safaris. long Uganda wildlife safaris, / long Kenya wildlife safaris, long Tanzania safaris
Here are some of the best selling packages
- 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari
- 3 days gorilla safari to Mgahinga National Park
- 5 days Bwindi gorilla tour & Kibale trek
- 6 days Uganda gorilla & chimpanzee trek
- 7 days chimps & gorilla safari in Uganda
- 10 days Uganda gorilla tour
- 1 day Rwanda gorilla tour
- 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari adventure
- 3 days Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park
- 4 days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour
- 4 days Rwanda Adventure safari
- 5 days Rwanda gorilla tour
- 5 days Rwanda gorilla trekking
- 6 days Rwanda gorilla safari
- 7 days Rwanda gorilla safari
- 8 days Rwanda gorilla safari
- 9 days Rwanda gorilla safari
- 10 days Rwanda amazing gorilla safari
- 3 days Nyiragongo Mountain hiking safari in Congo
- 3 days Congo mountain gorillas
- 3 days Eastern Lowland gorilla safari packages
- 5 days gorilla safari in Congo & Nyiragongo hiking