After a successful Routes Africa, the joint hosts of the 2012 event, the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, have officially handed over the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda.
Entebbe International now picks up the baton as host destination and main airport of Routes Africa 2013.
The eighth Routes Africa will take place in July 2013 and Uganda, the Pearl of Africa as it is commonly positioned, has a fast growing tourism sector with an annual growth rate of 21 per cent on average, contributing 24 per cent of the total foreign exchange earnings.
Domestic tourism has grown by 50 per cent over the past ten years.
By hosting Routes Africa 2013, the CAA intends to create visibility of Entebbe International Airport and Uganda as a whole to airlines and the world at large.
Speaking during the handover lunch at Routes Africa 2012 in the Seychelles, David Kakuba Mpango, deputy managing director of The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as host of Routes Africa in 2013 as there is no better way to push what the country has to offer than for people to come and see it for themselves.
“We will be opening the doors of Uganda to all Routes delegates and enabling them to enjoy first-hand the hospitality and wonders of the country.”