Martyrs Day: Uganda to Upgrade Namugongo to Mecca Standard

Stephen Asiimwe speaking to press at the Uganda Media Center on Thursday

As part of efforts to promote tourism in the country, sildenafil government has finalized plans that will see Namugongo Martyrs Shrine upgraded to match the standard of  Muslim and Saudi Arabia’s holy place of  Mecca.

Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB)’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Asiimwe revealed that they have realized the country can earn a lot through upgrading and elevating the shrine to a great tourist attraction for people from all over the world to visit.

“As we celebrate 131 years of the Uganda martyrs, we intend to make Namugongo and the Martyrs a faith based tourism activity that can bring people from all corners of the world throughout the year,” Asiimwe said.

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“We want to march countries like Saudi Arabia where Mecca is visited by pilgrims all year round and the country earns a lot of money.”

According to the Uganda Tourism Board boss, countries like Egypt, Israel and Jordan all have tourist attractions that fetch thousands of people from all corners of the world.

“We need to tap into the 1.2billion Catholics around the world and attract them to the Martyr’s shrine throughout the year. If each tourist spends $250 a day and spends 10 days in the country by visiting others attractions like the source of the Nile, game parks and others, tourism will become the country’s highest earner of foreign exchange,” Asiimwe argued.

He added that through improvement in infrastructure and development of over 20 sites related to the Uganda martyrs and Namugongo in places like St. Balikuddembe market, Munyonyo and Old Kampala, the tourists can have a lot to view.

Locals too, he said, can greatly benefit through providing accommodation services, food and beverages; transport among others to the tourists.

Asiimwe revealed that government has signed contracts with 3 companies that will see the promotion of the country in America, English speaking countries and those speaking German, and that among the tourist attractions on the forefront to be promoted includes the Martyr’s Shrines.



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