President Museveni meets Israeli tourists as the Tourism board distance their tour from the ‘Miss Curvy Uganda’ beauty Contest.
Two hundred fifty (250) tourists from Israel who jetted into Uganda on 13th February (Wednesday) 2019 to tour various sites will have a story to narrate to their families and friends, including what they noted from a meeting with Uganda’s president H.E Yoweri K Museveni. This group of tourists came from Tel Aviv, the capital city of Israel and was cleared by security & Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) before checking into their different hotels, prompting the outgoing chief executive officer of Uganda Tourism Board, Mr Stephen Asiimwe to clear the air that the tourists didn’t come because of the recently launched ‘Miss Curvy Uganda’ beauty contest, instead there had been talks in Israel before this visit.
Their first tourism place was the old building at the old airport where they remembered their fallen comrades when President Idi Amin besieged it in 1976 and that they were emotional, they also visited the national parks, the Jewish community in Mbale district, the Source of River Nile in Jinja and other cultural places across the country.
At Chobe Safari Lodge, Nwoya district in Northern Uganda on Saturday where president Museveni is chairing the National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee (NRM CEC) retreat till 20th February, he made time to have a surprise meeting with leaders of this tourists group which ended their tour on the same day.
He noted that they came to Uganda via a chartered direct flight from Israel, something that had not happened since the early 1970s.
With a population of about 8 million people, Israel has a Gross domestic product-GDP of $400 billion and per capita income of about $40,000, hence a good tourism market to tap into.