Avitourism has become a large industry and is the biggest niche within eco-tourism. Birding is an emerging sub-sector of the nature-based tourism industry, where tourist travel motivations are focused around bird watching. The African Birding Expo (ABE) is planned to build a strong, recognizable destination brand that attracts domestic and international visitors and supports the conservation and growth of the birding in Africa.
The main objectives are:
1. To promote awareness of Africa a great premium birding destination in the world
2. To promote the conservation effort of Africa´s endangered bird species across the continent.
3. To support and develop birding enterprise especially and encourage the youth and communities to invest in birding as an economic activity and means of wealth creation
4. To act as the meeting point for businesses from African and the rest of the world with purpose of building business networks.
The African Birding Expo (ABE) 2019 is the first of its kind on the African Continent. It has become a meeting point for a spectrum of the birdwatching community within and outside Africa. There is an every increasing demand of professionals in birding and the tourism industry to participate in the familiarization tour that takes place before the expo. The participants of the 2nd African Birding Expo tour came from various countries including Panama, Taiwan, Australia, USA, UK, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Vendors include tour companies, hotels, lodges, campsites, guides, booksellers, crafts, restaurants, designers, etc.
Activities at the 3rd African Birding Expo (ABE) 2019 include:
Post and Pre-expo tours
The African birding Expo is designed to bring together the birding fraternity; vendors, conservationists bird guide and service providers.
3rd African Birding Expo (ABE) 2019, organized by Uganda Tourism Board.