Tourism and Sport.. A case for the #WorldCup

We’re in the month long bonanza where we get lost in the emotions and history being made, and football does win many converts around this time. However, I’ve looked at it from the other economic aspect of how Sports is such a powerful tourism tool.

Propaganda or not, there were huge fears about Russia ably hosting all the visitors, and safety of everyone. Two or three weeks on, and everyone is purring about the passion and unity in the host nation. At least some thousands of the visitors, impressed by what they saw, will want to go back on holiday on top of encouraging others visit Russia too. That’s good business, tourism boosted,all thanks to Sport.

The Luzhniki Stadium.

Then to the participating countries :

Debutants Iceland shocked the world in holding Argentina to a one all draw in their opener, but away from the beauty of such a big result, Iceland was trending allover social media. I do believe many people had hardly cared about where it is or what they have gotten to offer, but more interest definitely has been generated in the country, and some travellers or so should think of giving it a try. All thanks to sport.

The Iceland side that did their country proud and definitely marketed them.

Panama had probably never been heard of by a large population of the world, unless maybe cameos in Pablo Escobar’s travails or some other movies. I’m speaking for many of the people in my society,at least. They might have lost comprehensively against Belgium and England, who are far superior opposition anyway,but there was sudden interest in the country, and it did trend on twitter. This is free publicity for the country because more curious and adventure savvy people would suddenly pick interest in the country, or the fans surely did create a few thousand friends in Russia, who will be invited over to Panama some day. Sports boosting tourism.

The Panama soccer team.(above)

There countries like Sweden, Croatia and Denmark I do most only hear about at a soccer tournament, and on finding more about them realize that they are more than just the football but nature havens.

The likes of Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric are big ambassadors for Croatia, thanks to their sporting success.

Peru might have the Andes and are such a beautiful place, but it was thanks to Claudio Pizzaro that I got to know about them ,and I guess the Likes of Guerrero and Correla(in photo) , should have aroused some more interest in Peru thanks to their first world cup appearance since 1982.

Well, many of our countries,Uganda in my case look down on Sports investment in favour of other sectors but in the long run, we get to benefit even indirectly.

Rwanda spent a reported 30 million dollars in sealing the shirt deal with Arsenal, but irrespective of all criticism could earn over a billion dollars in visitors, thanks to the mileage Arsenal has, and the Premier league as a whole.

The visit Rwanda deal will see the words appear on the left sleeves of the Gunners kit for three seasons.

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The beauty of the unpredictability in #WorldCup

Before the beginning of the tournament.. It was widely acknowledged that this is an open edition in stark contrast to previous editions where two teams or one seemed ahead of their rivals. Many of them this year said Brazil, France, Belgium, Spain and champions Germany all stood a chance but by the end of the first round, its actually looking more unpredictable than before.

Argentina struggled against a compressed Iceland side.

Switzerland’s physicality troubled soft Brazil.

Germany were caught cold by the pacy Mexicans.

Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany all failed to win their opening games and face nervy second round ties where there is no room for error.

I do believe one, or two of the big guns is getting eliminated from the group stages, more so thanks to the disrespect being accorded by the so called smaller teams. Mexico, through their showing against Germany convinced me they will finally go further than their jinxed round of 16 hurdle, and Croatia could finally put their golden generation to good use. The World Cup should eventually be won by those that have been there, done that, but I won’t be shocked when a certain Mexico or Croatia upsets the status quo.

My take on the Champions League final #UCLFinal

The kyiv stadium set to host the final.

It’s upon us again, the biggest game in club football. As we’ve gotten accustomed to, Real Madrid is in the final. Standing between them and a 13th crown is a Liverpool side back in the big time after an 11 year absence.

This should be a final to savour, considering that it’s two teams with attacking football in the DNA, and this season it’s been at its peak, Liverpool in particular.

To the final proper :

Since the 2014 final, when they faced Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid are, on paper, supposed to have an easier final than the previous ones . Where they faced the likes of Juanfan, Godin, Dani Alves, Chellini, etc… In previous finals,they’re up against the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold, Dejan Lovren.. Sounds like it should be an easier ride then, right?? Well that’s until you realize that unlike Juventus or Atletico Madrid, Liverpool has no safety first approach. Their aim is always simple, to outscore the opponent.

Their defense is suspect, and could have been worse had they not broken the bank to sign the towering Van Djik. Christiano Ronaldo always likes coming to the party on such occasions, and so should. Or is expected to breach their defense, maybe once or twice…. Or maybe thrice.

The Liverpool midfield three of Milner, Wijnaldum and Henderson are miles behind that of the Madrid maestros in Modric and Kroos, though I still have my doubts on Casemiro’s ability to remain calm under pressure . But he’s proven himself on the big stage too and these three could control the game probably for it’s enterity.

But Liverpool have shown again this season that the midfielders can live with covering the ground… Something the Englishmen are good at. Milner has been able to rake up a record number of champions league assists, so his contribution today should be key.The explosiveness of Chamberlain will be greatly missed though, as he too well does come up with that decisive long range strike.

But irrespective of what the happens in the defense and midfield, Liverpool only need their front three to score, enough goals to outscore the opponent.

The Madrid defense, especially the marauding full backs in Carvajal and Marcelo are at times guilty of leaving acres of space as they embark on attacking duties, and the pacy Sadio Mane and Salah on either side are capable of exploiting that. Firminho too moves to various positions and pulls defenders with him, leaving space for his striking partners to pounce.

Liverpool only have one option, be as clinical as they could be, because the chances are definitely going to come and the gengenpress does tire them out eventually, yet their bench doesn’t look like the best. Adam Lallana and Emre Can are good but they’re just back from injury and probably not in the sharpest of shapes. The Madrid bench could have people like Kovacic, Asensio.. and Bale or Isco depending on who Zidane elects to start with. It’s important then that Liverpool are out of the blocks early enough because they could tire out in the closing stages of the game and Madrid brings on fresh legs, capable of changing the outcome.

Well, I’m expecting a goal laden affair, one that’s end to end , though I’m more inclined to believe that the Liverpool front three will have their best of days, and will come out top.

Scoreline of like 3-2 in favor of Liverpool is what I expect.

Kyangabi Crater Resort …This natural paradise tucked away in Uganda.

You have definitely heard about Queen Elizabeth National Park found in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda. It’s quite obvious that the quality of your tour will also depend a lot on where you are based during your stay. With Kyangabi Crater Resort, you will get more than you bargained for.

Location :

Western Uganda in Rubirizi district on the Mbarara-Kasese road. Branching off to a road opposite Kichwamba Primary school, the resort is 1km off the highway.

To the west of the resort is My. Rwenzori National Park for your mountain climbing adventure.

To the north is Kibale National Park, a tropical forested Park renown for chimpanzee tracking.

To the south is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, internationally known for mtn Gorilla tracking experience .

Activities include:

Nature walks.

Chimpanzee tracking.

Visit to the caves.

Boat cruise.

Game drive.

Tour the scenic crater Lakes.

Architecture :

A group of designers and artistes too have helped create a beautiful village inspired dedicated space -giving it an ancient and yet modern and contemporary look. Amidst a lush tropical landscape and miles of unspoilt Savanna wilderness, Kyangabi Crater resort is a stylish retreat centre for honeymooners,holiday makers, businessesmen and women, and all your friends.

Bar /Restaurant:

Enjivu Bar, will leave you spoilt for choice,from a wide range of international beverage labels to local lifestyle brands. Perfect idea for a fun night in a quiet drinking atmosphere.

At the restaurant too, noted chefs have helped create an impeccable menu that will leave you yearning for a lot more. The restaurant has a niche for a contemporary, yet simple and substantial menu. This will make your experience memorable.

Rates:

Bed and breakfast… 120$

Half board… 150$

Full board…. 170$

Costs for activities around the park….

Chimpanzee trekking at Kalinzu-40$

Community and crater lakes tour -10,000/=

Nature walk -10,000/=

Cave visit -5,000/=

Tour guide (per day) -50,000/=

Car hire per day with fuel -250,000/=

Cultural dances (per day) -300,000/=

NB: 1$ = 3650/=(approx)

EASTER OFFER:

10% Off bed and breakfast

15% off full board

29th March- 3rd April 2018

Contacts:

Facebook : Kyangabi Crater resort

Twitter : @Kyangabi_Crater

Instagram : Kyangabi Crater Resort

http://www.Kyangabicrater.com

Kyangabicrater@gmail.com

Arcadia Lodges Uganda

Well.. This is your gateway to the natural wonders of Uganda.

There’s one at Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale and another at Lake Mburo, Mbarara.

Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale.

What to expect :

You are received with a very personal touch and a smile.

Their facilities include top of the range service cast in the best scenery in the world.

Activities :

Bunyonyi bird watching ,Scenic walks, boat ride on the famed lake bunyonyi, Quad bikes along the Bunyonyi terrain.

Location :

The cottages are majestically set on a hillside in extensive gardens stretching over a 14 acre area, overlooking Lake Bunyonyi and a very clear view of 26 of 36 scenic islands. They are designed to provide the client with a uniquely tranquil and serene atmosphere.

Rooms:

All their rooms are self contained and provide a lovely view of the lake from all windows. They too have reliable internet accessibility.

There’s a bar and restaurant too, for enjoying the atmosphere as you sip your favorite drink on the open terrace.

Lake Mburo, Mbarara:

Peacefully located in the leafy gardens just a stone’s throw from the lake shore. Arcadia lodge offers a comfortable and friendly option for travellers visiting lake Mburo national park. Lake Mburo itself and connecting swamplands are home to hippo, crocodile and some 315 bird species, some which are found nowhere else in the country. Likewise, it’s Savannah plains and acacia woodlands are the only place in Uganda to see the elegant impala, while eland and Burchell’s Zebra are found only here and in the far more remote kidepo National Park.

Location :

Located 2km from the park headquarters at Rwonyo, suitable for the tour of the park on a game drive, or really get close to nature on a guided walking safari.

There’s badminton, volleyball, game drives.

Rooms:

Eight self contained cottages arranged around a central lodge building where guests can enjoy the tasty dishes in the restaurant or relax and take in the stunning view from the raised deck.

In the evenings,guests can wind down from a day’s safari around the open fire, sipping from a cold drink at the bar while impala, warthog and the occasional hippo munch on the grass, just yards away.

Email : arcadia123@gmail.com

http://www.arcadialodges.com

You’re very welcome to western Uganda and it’s spellbinding beauty, and surely accommodation at Arcadia lodges will only make greater your experience.

Heritage Safaris Lodge

Located in Murchison Falls National Park, this is a very amazing place to relax as you get to view some of the wildlife Uganda has on offer.. At the best of prices.

From luxurious and thatched Cottages, bonfire and campsite ground, Nature and Community walks to the Heritage hot springs, game drives and boat cruise plus a bar and restaurant.

It’s here that you will get first hand experience of the Murchison Falls Park beauty in all earnest. Well… Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and this place is one that does bring the fact to the fore.

Email : info@heritagesafarilodge.com

Website : heritagesafarilodge.com

Pearl of Africa Tourism expo

Held between 24-26th February 2018 at the Sheraton gardens, it was a very giant step in the promotion of Uganda’s tourism potential with a variety of exhibitors.

Some of the exhibitors included :

http://www.satgurutravel.com

There for your travel needs across 50 countries worldwide..

http://www.crystalsafaris.com

A travel company based in Uganda offering safaris to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar with 14 years experience.

http://www.nalubalerafting.com

Which since establishment in 2005 has been helping in sharing the fun in rafting on the Nile.. The longest river in the world.

http://www.ugandaletsgotravel.com

This specialises in providing safaris and leisure packages as well as Students and youth travel.

Others included :

http://www.changing-horizons.com

http://www.igongo.co.ug

reservations@ngambaisland.org

Which is a chimpanzee sanctuary located on lake Victoria in Uganda and home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees.

For others visit http://www.visit.uganda.com

As a first timer, it was an amazing experience and look forward to attending another, with any of you https://www.tenor.co/vDEH.gif

#travel blogging #tourism

The memorable road trip experience

As reported earlier, the journey leading to kisoro will leave you nothing short of mesmerised and worthy for the thrill lovers… The roads having turns at almost every interval.. Viewing three levels or even more of the road.. Of course with the green greeting you on either sides… Absolutely beautiful for a worthy road trip visit….travel blogging too and tourism

This is in Kabale-Kisoro, South West Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

This extensive piece of world renowned beauty awaits you in Kisoro. In the thick forests.. You will be met with these animals providing a once in a lifetime opportunity t

o view the mountain gorrillas, an unforgetable time that’ll leave no chance for a regret.

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