NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan officials said Thursday they are working
with Uganda to grow intra-country tourism and enhance their
common marketing plan globally.
Kenya Tourism Board
(KTB) officials said Uganda is Kenya’s largest tourism source
market in Africa.
Betty Radier, KTB’s
Chief Executive Officer, said in Nairobi that the ease of
movement between Kenya and Uganda by road and air has made it
easy and inexpensive for travelers to explore the two countries.
operates regular flights between Entebbe and Nairobi. KTB
anticipates that the recent entry of Jambojet, a low-cost
carrier, into Entebbe will make travel much more affordable to
wider Ugandan population,” Radier said in a statement issued in
“Once in Nairobi,
they can connect easily to popular destinations such as Mombasa
and Diani by either by air, road or through the Madaraka Express
Service on Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR),” she
As part of further
engagement, Radier announced that Kenya will participate in the
three-day Pearl of Africa Travel Expo (POATE) which has been
organized by the Uganda Tourism Board from Friday in Kampala.
Radier has said
Nairobi and the Coastal region remain popular destinations for
travelers from Uganda.
“Among the Kenyan
experiences that are most sought after by Ugandan travelers
include shopping, Kenya’s pristine beaches, and medical tourism
with Uganda being the largest segment for Kenya’s medical
services. Kenya’s Coast is highly favored for relaxation while
Nairobi remains popular for business, shopping, and social
Last year, the
number of arrivals from Uganda increased by 20.6 percent to
61,542, data from the ministry of tourism shows.
In 2017, Kenya,
Uganda and Rwanda started a joint marketing of tourism products
online with the launch of the first joint East African
“If ever there was a
better time for Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya to come together, it is
now. Our economies are growing stronger and travel has been made
easier due to the great improvements in our infrastructure,”
The three countries
also run the East Africa Tourist Visa which allows
multiple-entry to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.