Emirati YouTuber and vlogger Khalid Al Ameri jetted into Uganda with his family on Tuesday and he’s expected to visit a number of tourist sites, including Queen Elizabeth National Park, adding yet another boost to the East African nation’s tourism sector.
The 37-year-old vlogger, famed for posting videos about life with his wife and children – announced to his millions of social media followers media that he was in Rukungiri yesterday.
Ameri and his wife, Salama Mohamed, are also in Uganda to attend the wedding of a lady only identified as Sarah who had been their house help.
In 2020, the couple made a video about her, appreciating the work she had done for them in the past six years. In the video, Sarah revealed that she was returning to her home country to start a family.
The couple is sponsoring the wedding. Khalid, who joined YouTube content creation in 2011 and now commands a following of close to a million subscribers, has said he wants to showcase Uganda to the world.
The latest global star to share his knowledge of the Ugandan tourism sector to the world is Senegalese-American rapper Akon.
The contribution from these celebrities will contribute to re-ignited the tourism industry, which was brutally hammered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In May, President Museveni announced that the country was set to lose $1.6 billion from the tourism sector since the airport had been shut from passenger flights and millions of tourists in the country are foreigners.
Uganda earned about Shs5. 8 trillion from tourism in the 2018/2019 financial year, making the sector the country's leading foreign currency earner for the fifth year in a row, according to government data.
The number of tourists in 2019 reached 1,505,669 up from 1,402,409 in 2017. In the FY2018/19, the tourism sector accounted for 7.7 percent of the national GDP and 6.7 percent of total national employment after creating 667,600 jobs.