250 Israelis Visit Entebbe Airport, Set To Tour Tourism Sites In Uganda..
A group of 250 tourists from Israel are in Uganda to visit the site of the historic July, 4, 1976 raid on Entebbe at the old airport at which one of their own and commander, Yona Netanyahu lost his life in a bid to rescue hostages.
The tourists are scheduled to visit environment conservation and wild life reserves across the country.
The group was received today, Wednesday 13th, February, 2019 at the Entebbe International Airport’s VVIP terminal by the Civil Aviation Authority, Entebbe and outgoing Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Mr. Stephen Asiimwe.
The tourists led by Ms Tali Yativ, the Chief Executive Officer of Spirit World Productions, a Tourism Promotions Company in Israel said that they will tour areas along River Nile in Jinja, Safari parks and Old Terminal Building at the Entebbe International Airport.
After touring the country the group will depart the country on Saturday 16th February, on Elyal an Israel airlines.
The tourists’ visit to Uganda will be followed with commencement of flights in and out of Entebbe International Airport later in the year.
According to Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), visitors to Uganda, generate 1.4 billion dollars to the economy. In 2018, Entebbe International Airport handled a total of 1.84 million passengers up from 1.65 million the previous year 2017.
Asiimwe says each visitor to Uganda is considered a tourist because they end up spending money on food, travel, accommodation and other things in the country.
(Additional reporting by CAA Public Affairs Department).