A team from Uganda Tourism Board led by Susan Muhwezi the Vice-Chairperson of the Board, along with tourism and hospitality private sector are currently representing Uganda at the 32nd edition of IBTM World 2019.
This is one of the leading marketplaces for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) industry.
Some of the attending private sector from Uganda include; Lake Kitandara Tours, Speke Resort, The Uganda Safari Company, Purposeful Incentives, MICE Uganda, Serena Hotels and Last Events; among others.
IBTM World 2019 took place from 19th – 21st November 2019 at Fira Barcelona Gran Via. It hosted more than 3000 exhibitors from different destinations and quality suppliers ready to meet and network with over 15,000 industry professionals and 4000 buyers from over 150 countries across the world.
Leading the delegation Muhwezi said that IBTM presents an enormous opportunity for Uganda and in particular the hotel and accommodation segment to meet leading hosted buyers.
“MICE tourism boosts hotel revenue and the economy. Our visit here is strategic and ties into the overall plan to not only boost tourism receipts and contribute to the growth of Uganda’s economy.” She noted.
According to a report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “MICE Industry by Event Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023”, the global MICE industry was valued at $752 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $1,245 billion in 2023, registering a compound annual growth rate of 7.5% from 2017 to 2023.
Lilly Ajarova, the UTB CEO said that Uganda’s participation in MICE exhibitions has been part of our bigger strategy to position Uganda as not only a leisure destination but a business host destination as well.
“The development of the MICE tourism sector offers vast opportunity to diversify Uganda’s tourism offering thus deepening and sustaining its tourism success, providing new business opportunities, building human resources, stimulating economic growth and earning significant additional tourism revenues”.
In the recent past, Uganda has joined the league of preferred MICE Tourism destinations in the global MICE industry through the participation in MICE expos, hosting of international conferences and meetings such as the just-concluded Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and membership of key MICE associations such as ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), MPI – (Meeting Professionals International) and SITE – Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.