Uganda Hosts 4th Africa Bird Watching Exhibition
- Bird watchers are by far among the biggest spenders in the travel and tourism industry.
- On average, they spend over $ 7,000 over 21 days, which makes birding a very profitable business.
- Bird watching has become a phenomenal activity in Uganda’s national parks, generating much needed tourist income.
The African Birding Expo is scheduled to take place from December 10-12, 2021 in Entebbe, Uganda.
According to Herbert Byaruhanga, Managing Director of Bird Uganda Safaris Ltd. : âBird watchers are among the biggest spenders in the travel and tourism industry with an average spend of over $ 7,000 for 21 days, making birding a very profitable business with great potential for diversification Ugandan tourism which depends heavily on gorilla monitoring. Uganda has over 1,083 bird species, some including national, regional and rare albertine endemics that birders want to add to their live bird checklists.
Stephen Masaba, director of business development at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, praised efforts to train more birding guides as bird watching has become a phenomenal activity in Uganda’s national parks, attracting more income.
This fourth African Birding Expo has become a meeting point for a wide range of the birding community inside and outside Africa. There is a growing demand for professionals in the ornithology and tourism industry to participate in the familiarization tour that takes place before the exhibition. Participants in the African Birding Expo tours have always come from various countries, including Panama, Taiwan, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Vendors include travel agencies, hotels, lodges, campsites, guides, booksellers, artisans, restaurants, and designers.
The African Birding Expo aims to create a strong and recognizable destination brand that attracts national and international visitors and supports the conservation and growth of birding in Uganda. This edition will attract hundreds of bird watchers, travel writers, tour operators, safari lodge owners and other tourism industry players from around the world, with a focus on Africa as as a prime destination for bird watching. Exhibition activities will include pre- and post-show birding tours, exhibits, business forums, birding clinics, birding walks, photography clinics, advanced birding training and a bird magazine launch, to name a few.