Mbabazi Roots For Tourism Safeguards


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“We need to have in place monitoring mechanisms and sanctions to fight these evils. Parents, schools and communities must be more vigilant against these evils.”

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The Premier made the remarks recently while launching the Kinkiizi tourism week at Savannah Resort hotel in Kihiihi, Kinkiizi in Kanungu District.

The destination Kinkiizi campaign is running under the theme: Know Kinkiizi, Know Her Treasure and the annual Kinkiizi tourism week will run from December 21 to 28.

He urged the service providers in the tourism industry to consider local markets when pricing their products by setting affordable prices for the local market.

“I would like to encourage the youth and all citizens of Uganda to participate actively in conservation and tourism promotion,” Mbabazi said.

He also commended Kinkiizi Tourism club for initiating the ‘Destination Kinkiizi’ campaign to boost Kinkiizi as a one stop destination for tourism activities, saying such initiatives will contribute to the economic development of the region.

Mbabazi said he was pleased to be in Kinkiizi to celebrate its rich tourism resources and to support efforts to promote these tourism resources.

The region is endowed with tree climbing lions, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, baboons and the 450 year old Butumbi cultural tree among other tourist attractions.

Mbabazi, who was accompanied by his wife Canon Jacqueline Mbabazi, asked Ugandans to dispel the long time held perception that tourism is for the whites or foreigners.

He said this misconception and lack of appreciation for tourism resources is hindering our tourism industry from achieving its full potential yet Uganda is endowed with a variety of tourism resources and is rated among the top destinations for tourists in the world.

“The industry’s total contribution to GDP amounts to over 1.5 billion dollars, representing 9% of national GDP,” the Premier said.

Mbabazi said government will support Kinkiizi tourism club within the appropriate framework to ensure that they grow and promote tourism in Uganda adding that participation of the private sector is essential for tourism development.

He said the beauty about the tourism industry is that it is largely a young people industry, strong on entrepreneurial skilling with relatively low costs or barriers to entry.

Mr. Mbabazi also launched the Kigezi tourist map, the Club’s strategic plan and Kinkiizi tourism anthem.

The launch of the Kinkiizi tourism week was also attended by the Minister of Water and Environment Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Area Woman Member of Parliament, Elizabeth Karungi and Kanungu District LCV Chairperson Canon Josephine Kasya among others.


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