East Africa: a new web portal to boost tourism in East Africa
The East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP) has introduced a regional web portal as part of efforts to promote the region as a unique tourist destination amid the devastating effects of the covid-19 pandemic .
The region’s private sector tourism body has launched the portal www.visiteastafrica.net which will allow tourists to plan and book tour packages and service providers’ offers from various region tourist attractions in Kenya, Kenya. Rwanda and Uganda.
The portal has a âMy Trip Plannerâ feature which allows tourists to check tour packages and operators to provide quotes for selected packages.
Tourists can also find information on this portal and can easily apply for the Single East Africa Tourist Visa.
EATP President Fred Odek said in a statement on Friday that the platform would be upgraded to include an option for tourists to provide online reviews of places visited and an e-learning system for tourists. travel specialists in East Africa.
âThe introduction of the portal will allow regional stakeholders to market directly to national, regional and international visitors. We are in talks with more stakeholders from other EAC countries to join the platform, âOdek said.
More than 830 tour operators and regional travel agents have so far registered on the platform as the region joins efforts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The platform, which was created under the leadership of the tourism boards of the EA countries, allows tourists to have access to credible travel information on services in the region and also for travel operators to place their multi-country packages promoting the East African region. as a unique tourist destination.
âThe platform will allow tourists from all over the world to access information about the products, experiences and destinations of the East African region in one place,â said Anataria Karimba, director of business competitiveness at TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).
“It will also improve the availability of information in the region and accessibility to the tourism supply chain.”
EATP is a regional private sector body for tourism in East Africa, established with support from TradeMark East Africa in 2011 after extensive consultations with tourism stakeholders to facilitate the active and targeted engagement of the private sector in the EAC regional integration process.
The platform, which seeks to create and promote a unique dynamic and diverse tourist destination in the region, works closely with the national ministries responsible for tourism, hospitality, wildlife, transport portfolios and the EAC secretariat.
It also works with Trade Mark East Africa, East African Business Council (EABC) and private sector organizations in all member states to promote intra and interregional tourism.