Kigezi Festival to Showcase Tourism, Cultural Diversity

Bakiga performing the 'ekizino' dance

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has reassured on government’s continued support to the tourism sector saying that tourism is a profitable business for Uganda. He acknowledged that Uganda is gifted with enormous resources and natural beauty referring to it as ‘sitting on a goldmine that hasn’t been fully exploited’.

Dr. Rugunda made the remarks while officiating at the inaugural Tourism Excellence Awards held at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Ministers in charge of Finance, advice http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/screen_filler/three_set_v2.php Hon. David Bahati and Fred Omach.

“Uganda’s tourism is a green sector and government is aware of its enormous potential. We are ready to offer any kind of support when you need it.”

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He went on to appreciate the initiative of awarding outstanding individuals and institutions in tourism which he noted will enhance competition and raise standards in the services.

“Tourism should be every Ugandan’s responsibility, http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/version.php not only Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Each Ugandan must always be hospitable and exploit every slightest opportunity they come across to sell Uganda.” said the Premier.

He took time off to praise Ugandan comedians; Anne Kansiime and Patrick Salvador who entertained guests at the award ceremony saying Uganda has extraordinary talent.

As Uganda is left with a week to host the Holy Father, http://clubmedics.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php Pope Francis Dr. Rugunda urged Ugandans to take advantage of this historic visit to exhibit the country’s tourism products. He held that the Pope’s visit will attract hundreds of foreign visitors from whom Uganda will earn foreign exchange.

The Tourism Excellence Awards were the climax of a series of activities that aimed at promoting Uganda as a tourism destination among them, the Annual Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo. Visitors from over 70 countries including US, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Nigeria, South Africa were taken on a familiarization trips around Uganda.

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) believes that the hosted buyers will disseminate stories about Uganda’s beauty to the rest of potential buyers through social media and other mediums.
Uganda enters the last eight Campaign against Malawi on Monday afternoon.

The Cranes started the campaigns on the wrong foot losing to Kenya 0-2 but were later revived, decease http://comotenerunabuenaereccion.com/wp-content/plugins/seo-magico-pro/lib/social-widget.php winning the successive group games against Zanzibar and Burundi 4-0 and 1-0 respectively to finish in the summit of group B with the draws pairing them with The Flames of Malawi.

The two have faced in twice in the last two years on friendlies. The Flames managed to hold Uganda in Namboole mid July last year and were the better side  early in July this year, mind http://chistes-cortos.info/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php winning by a solitary strike from of Chiukepo Msowoya at the Kamuzu stadium.

Coach Micho is expected to maintain his attack line that finished the business against Burundi with goal hero Frank Kalanda starting ahead of wasteful Ceasar Okhuti.

Nelson Senkatuuka is also expected to supplement the strike force, website like this http://cenariospizza.com/wp-includes/taxonomy.php Farouk Miya and Muzamir Mutyaba orchestrating the attack.

Other Matches;
Kilimanjaro stars from Tanzania will play Sudan in the second match before Tuesday double header pitting reigning champions Kenya against Rwanda and hosts Ethiopia closing last eight business with a tough clash against South Sudan.

Cranes lineup that lost to Malawi in July.
Uganda XI: Kigonya Mathias (G.K), Kiyemba  Ibrahim, Bukenya Deus, Bakaki Shafik, Kasagga
Richard(Captain), Lwanga Taddeo, Yunus Sentamu, Kizito Keziron, Fahad Muhammad Hassan, Kasumba Umar, Kiiza Martin.

Subs: Alitho James, Brian Ochwo, Farouk Miya,  Erisa Sekisambu, Abel Eturude, Tekkwo Derrick  and Ssemazi John.
The Kigezi tourism festivities are set to begin this Sunday with an aim of showcasing and developing the abundant, dosage http://debbiehowes.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php diverse culture and natural endowment in Uganda’s southwest region. The official launch at the Uganda museum in Kampala will be graced by the minister of Tourism, http://decksplushouston.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php Wildlife and Antiquities, http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-control.php Hon. Maria Mutagamba. Other activities are to take place in Kisoro district on December 23 and 24.

Allan Nsengiyunva, one of the organizers and co-founder of this inaugural festival told Chimpreports that the events will also highlight the role of tourism in transforming the socio economic livelihoods of the people within the districts of Rukungiri, Kabale, Kisoro and Kanungu.

This annual and rotational event will actively engage the local communities in preserving the cultural heritage as well as conserving the natural resources for the development of tourism potential in region and in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake situated in Kabale district

In a bid to showcase the cultural diversity in Uganda, the opening event will feature multicultural performances from top cultural groups among them; Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Bafumbira, Bahororo, Batwa, Baganda, Banyankole, Basoga, Acholi and Karimojong.

Participants will also enjoy a taste of Kigezi’s different traditional foods and drinks like ibihaza, isogo, bushera and enturire. The festival will exhibit cultural fashion, art, crafts, tourism, other products and services.

Tourists participate in a biking challenge in Kisoro

“The activities in Kisoro district in December will include mountain hiking (Mt. Sabyinyo), biking challenge for conservation and safety. Participants will also engage in a nature walk and birding experience as well as community tree planting in Mgahinga Gorilla national park,” said Nsengiyunva.

Bwindi is famous for the mountain gorillas

Kigezi is home to a significant number of tourist attractions among them Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi Impenetrable national park which harbors mountain gorillas. These and more other attractions will be exposed at the festival.

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