Uganda, Danish Embassy discuss potential to enhance tourism sector

FROM L to R: The Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi, H.E Margaret Otteskov of the Ugandan Embassy in Copenhagen and Danish Bravo Tours CEO, Bo Poulsen (Photo/Handout)

Copenhagen, (DN): The government of Uganda has vowed to foster stronger global partnerships for Uganda and Denmark in a bid to enhance tourism initiatives and investment between the two countries.

The development came during a recent visit to Copenhagen by the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi at a dinner hosted by Uganda’s Ambassador to Denmark, H.E. Margaret Otteskov.

During the visit, Amb Walusimbi disclosed that there will be joint efforts between the President’s Office and the Embassy in Denmark, together with Uganda Airlines, and tour and travel companies, which will greatly contribute to Uganda’s economic growth as well as promote Uganda as a tourism and investment destination.

“This will help attract more investment opportunities in the country- resulting in the creation of more employment opportunities for the people,” Amb Walusimbi noted adding that he wants to see the partnership bolster Uganda’s tourism sector.

Mr Walusimbi further pledged to support the idea of forming a tag team, focused on taking advantage of vast opportunities in Uganda’s tourism sector. “The tag team intends to bolster ties and lure more tourists to visit Uganda,” he stated.

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Ambassador Walusimbi (L) and H.E Margaret Mutembeya Otteskov, the Head of the Embassy of Uganda in Copenhagen

On her part, Ambassador Otteskov emphasised the pivotal role played by the Embassy, as a primary contact for Ugandans living and working in Nordic countries, in fields of business, trade, investment, tourism, culture, and education exchange programs, innovations, among others.

“We need government assistance to reach out to the Ugandan diaspora community, who have lost touch with their country,” she added, before noting that “the close relationship between Denmark and Kampala is an added advantage in marketing Uganda as a desirable destination.”

There’s an ongoing football tournament of Nordic countries, that the Ugandan Embassy in Denmark is using to amplify the image of the East African country.

Danish Bravo Tours CEO, Bo Poulsen, who previously visited different sites in Uganda, revealed that Kazinga Channel was voted the finest destination by journalists, and all the 14 major Nordic tour operators.

Ambassador Walusimbi (R) shares a light moment with officials during the visit to Copenhagen recently

Nathan Ariho, the Director of Link World Tours International called upon both governments to consider implementing visa waivers, which would hugely increase travel between the two countries.

Ambassador Walusimbi advocated for the need to see the Uganda government assist the Embassies to reach out to the Diaspora who have lost touch with Uganda. “Seminars and conventions are highly recommended so that immigration issues, business opportunities, and investment with incentives are shared with the Diaspora and their friends in the host countries,” he said.

He also pledged to notify relevant authorities to renovate the dilapidated structures of the Ugandan embassy in Denmark.

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Also, in attendance at the African dishes dinner was the Minister Counsellor at the Uganda Embassy in Denmark, Michael Karugaba Abooki.

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