Uganda has been selected as one of the top 10 International tourist destinations at the 1st Global Tourist Destination Carnival held in Haikou, the Capital of Hainan Province in People’s Republic of China.
The Carnival, set to be an annual event was organized by China Travel Service, a government of China Organization for the promotion of Tourism in partnership with Haikou Municipal government and National Geographic channel from 1st to 5th May 2016. Uganda was selected in the category of the recommended top international destinations for 2016 alongside Tunisia and Okavanga Delta in Botswana from Africa. The list also includes; South Georgia islands, Greenland, Danube River, Hawai volcanoes National Park, Bhutan, Maldives islands as well as Hokkaido in Japan.
According to Mr. Philip Kanyoonzi, who led the team from Uganda embassy, the selection of Uganda as a recommended destination is a very big achievement especially because China today has the most number of travelers to outbound locations that Uganda is set to tap from. This year alone CTS indicates that over 400 million Chinese travelers will travel to various locations out of China.
Uganda was represented at the event by officials of Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda embassy in Beijing.