World Tourism Day 2017


“Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development”

We join the international community today in celebrating the biggest event on the global tourism calendar, World Tourism Day!

Tourism in Uganda has made forward strides over the years and is today one of the principal sectors of the economy significantly contributing to the development of Uganda and leading to the attainment of the Uganda Vision 2040 as was mapped out by the Government of Uganda in the National Development Plan II 2015/16 – 2019/20. The sector is the single largest export earner for Uganda and supports at least one out of every thirteen jobs.

“Uganda, Still the famed Pearl of Africa”

Located in the heart of the African continent, right in Africa’s biome richest zone spanned by the equator, soaked by waters from the world’s longest river and with some of the continent’s most iconic geography, Uganda is still that ideal place the olden days’ visitors found so mesmeric. The people are welcoming, their diverse cultures are charming, their dances will leave you regaled. Everything about this country is to fall for including the food and the weather. Travel Southwest to see the largest population of man’s remaining population of mountain gorillas living in a 25,000-year-old life-filled rainforest; or visit West to see the astounding Rwenzori ranges that stand above the western arm of the Great Rift Valley; or continue Northwest for a complete big five safari experience; or fly to the Northeastern corner of Uganda for a trip down memory lane with the Ik tribe; or drive East for an adrenaline party in the Adventure capital of East Africa; or still take a nightlife tour around Kampala. Uganda is “end to end one beautiful garden”, and this is just a summary.


With a wealth of experience in Uganda’s tourism industry since our inception in 1995, and now with a membership of 200 Tour Operators, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) stands as the only body bringing together tour operators in Uganda and the leading tourism trade association; a flagship of the country’s leading and experienced, professional, reputable and most respected tour companies.

AUTO members offer a broad range of services to both international and domestic tourists, including special interest safaris, air safaris, incentive travel group safaris, custom safaris and camping safaris, among others that all cater for the luxury, midrange and budget markets.

AUTO, among other roles, works to uphold the good reputation of Uganda as a tourist destination by ensuring that the Ugandan Tour Operators maintain the highest standards of service and value to tourists. We give agents and individual agents alike the confidence of knowing that Uganda has professional tour companies.

As an AUTO member you enjoy a multiplicity of BENEFITS including tax exemption on importation of tourism vehicles, presence in the tour operators’ fraternity with the opportunity to share views and progress through association, various necessary recommendations including getting visas; the opportunity to participate in trainings, workshops, seminars, trade meetings organized by the Association for its members, the opportunity to use the AUTO trademark as a seal of authentication, and a lot more.

AUTO membership is open to those organizations whose primary activities are the planning, marketing and execution of package tours. Members must be limited companies registered in Uganda.

For steps on how to JOIN AUTO, please follow this link or CONTACT US and we will gladly guide you through the easy steps of how to join us.