The Minister of tourism, ask http://changescale.org/wp-includes/class-wp-simplepie-sanitize-kses.php Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu has urged opposition leaders to desist from defiance and embark on tourism as one way of boosting Uganda’s economy.
Hon. Kamuntu made the call on Tuesday while commemorating the world tourism day at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara.
“We believe in continuity and change but not the business of defiance campaigns and it hurts instead one should turn to patriotism, more about http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/newsletter/subscription/email.php ” he said.
The Minister lauded Buhweju MP, pharm Francis Mwijukye who despite being an opposition member, participated fully in the Tulambule campaign
“Mwijukye is good, we have been with him in the Tulambule campaign and should continue instead of his defiance campaigns” Kamuntu said.
This year’s World Tourism Day was running under the theme ‘Universal Accessibility of Tourism for all.’
Kamuntu noted that the ministry is looking forward to meeting the president’s target of 4million tourists from 1.3million tourists by 2020.
Kamuntu said that Uganda can only achieve this only if it’s under the aggressive marketing by unlocking the tourism potential in Ankole region.
In his remarks, State Minister for Tourism, Geoffrey Kiwanda said Uganda cannot change much in unless it considers domestic tourism first before looking at foreign tourists.
“Let Ugandan features be exposed to Ugandans first. We cannot tour our own country when we don’t know the activities and features in it,” he said.
He observed that in Ugandan investors’ hotels, workers are exploited with fragile works finding like one person doing activities of 6 people a week which declines the quality of services rendered to tourists in such hotels.
President Museveni, in a speech delivered by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, stated that 20% of Uganda’s gross income per annum comes from tourism and a shift from 660 million Us dollars to 1.35 billion Us dollars last year.
He said that Uganda has a variety of tourism resources including 50% of bird species in Africa, 54% of Mt. Gorillas, 600 fish and reptile species, 1249 butterfly species, water bodies and Ruwenzori Mountains where snow is found at the equator line, National parks, wild life reserves and central forest reserves to boost its economy.
He urged Ugandans to pay respect and support to tourism since it employs about 8% of Uganda’s population especially the youths with entrepreneurial skills both directly and indirectly.
He noted that through privatization, there will be an improvement in the Ugandan civil aviation air lines and restoration of water transport to reduce on congestion and jam.
By the end of the function 3 districts received funds from L. Mburo national park to compensate the people living near the park and beneficiaries were Isingiro district given Shs75 million, Mbarara Shs11million and Kiruhura District which was given 89 million Shs as revenue sharing.
In the 2016 budget the park is also ready to release 311million Shs to the people neighboring with the park.
Mbale Resort Hotel was ranked the 5 star winners in the tourism affairs out of the 26 hotels in Uganda that included Imperial Resort Beach hotel Entebbe, Igongo Cultural Centre and Country hotel, Arcadia lodges Uganda Ltd Kabale, Bunyonyi Overland Resort Kabale, the White Castle Hotel, Arua, Rider hotel Seeta, and many others.