Category: Tourism

Government to Register Mt Elgon Park visitors

Government in in the final stages of registering and signing Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with communities neighboring Mt Elgon National Park.

According to Capt John Tugume the Senior Conservation Waden Uganda Wildlife Authority attached to Mt Elgon says the registration is aimed at attaining a sustainable harvest of resources from the National Park.

“we need to know how many people are in the park each day because we have been registering cases of people who go I’m the park and die from there”

Tugume advised people who wish to go for Bamboo, fire wood, honey, medicinal in the park to sign for MoU to avoid harassment and interruption.

Nakayenze Christine the senior Waden in charge of tourism at Uganda Wildlife Authority says Mt Elgon National Park is a potential source income for communities near the park adding that opportunities have not been utilized. She urged leaders to sensitize the communities to tap in the tourism potential by marketing the sites.

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MP Florence Nambozo to Commission Sironko Foot Cable Bridge Project


Sironko District Woman MP Hon. Florence Nambozo will soon be leading a delegation from Ministry of Works and Transport to commission Kibembe suspended foot cable bridge on River Sironko in Sironko district.

The foot bridge worth Shillings 171. Million whose construction works commenced on 1st April this year is complete. It connects Mutufu parish in Bumalimba Sub county to Nalusala parish in Nalusala sub county in Sironko district.

For residents of Bumalimba and Nalusala Sub-counties in Sironko District, are already in Jubilations even before the commission of the bridge because they say for years they have been facing challenges of accessing social services in the neighbouring sub-counties.

Hon. Nambozo has also expressed her happiness saying the 75-metre bridge, constructed by Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a US-based NGO in partnership with the government at Shs171M, is a breathes of relief, especially to mothers and children who have been struggling to access health centres and primary schools within the area. 

She adds that as Sironko, they are happy government has intervened and constructed bridges that cannot be affected by weather hazards revealing that with the improved infrastructure, there will be enhanced access to markets, health centers and schools among other in the district.

Bridges to Prosperity entered a partnership with the Government through the Ministry of Works and Transport to construct 10 such bridges across the country

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Uganda’s tourism sector ‘needs more marketing’

“We need to know that this invisible business of tourism is built on awareness.”

Although Uganda, known as The Pearl of Africa, has vast tourism potential, there is need to further market the sector to woo more visitors into the country.

This was revealed by Francis Mugoga, director of Tourism Institute of East Africa, during a function highlighting the potential and prospects of Uganda’s tourism sector.

According to Mugoga, Uganda cannot achieve much if the tourism potential is not advertised to the whole world.

He welcomed efforts that are currently showing Uganda’s tourism potential on Nat Geo World, one of DStv channels.

“We need to know that this invisible business of tourism is built on awareness which must be channeled to the world. If we sit back and relax, other countries advertising will beat our sector’s revenue yet we are so much gifted by nature,” he told his audience of tourism students.

Uganda needs to re-organize its strategy to mainly focus on developing the tourism sites by creating new attractions, he added.

“We should all strive at ensuring that that the number of visitors at the airport goes up to make more revenues. This can be made a reality through instituting a good team to develop our local domestic tourist potentials.”

 Amos Wekesa, director of Great Lakes Safaris, applauded government for hiring three public relations firms from Germany, US and England.

But he said here is need for government to increase funding to better market Uganda’s tourist sites.

Government is currently spending $1.5 bn in marketing its tourism potentials in Europe and America.

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Ug Tourism queen shines at Miss Tourism World

Beauty queens continue to hoist the Uganda flag, lately. The latest on the streak is Anita Ayebare, whose outstanding performance put Uganda among the top participants at the Miss Tourism World 2019 in Porec, Croatia. 

Ayebare, 24, was over the weekend crowned the fourth runner-up, meaning she finished fifth in the competition that attracted beauty queens representing various countries around the world. The grand finale took place on Saturday evening in the presence of a host of tourism ambassadors, business and enthusiasts from across the globe. The grand crown for the 74th annual pageant was won by Julijana Nikolis, 20, representing Australia. 

Ayebare was the 2nd runner-up in the last Miss Tourism Uganda 2017/2018. She was also the Miss Tourism Ankole 2018. The Miss World official website profiles Ayebare as a “Tourism Ambassador who enjoys singing, traveling and gymnastics.” 

As Tourism Ambassador for Uganda, the website quotes the beauty queen, “I am proud to be a Tourism Ambassador for Uganda as with the experience I have had as a tourism ambassador in my country, I have been able to fight against climate change through tree planting in various regions.

I believe if this was carried on by the rest of the world, we can change the world for the future generations to come.” Ayebare was recently flagged off the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) boss, Lily Ajarova to be an ambassador of Ugandan Tourism. This comes at the backdrop of continued concerted efforts by different stakeholders to promote Uganda as a top tourism destination. 

Ayebare’s achievement comes less than a year after Miss Uganda 2017, Quinn Abenakyo stunned Ugandans with an impressive performance as popular and prestigious Miss World pageant. Final ResultsMiss Tourism World – Australia1st Runner Up – Poland2nd Runner Up – Finland3rd Runner Up – Northern Cyprus4th Runner Up – UgandaMiss Tourism World Africa – BeninMiss Tourism World Americas – PanamaMiss Tourism World Asis – VietnamMiss Tourism World Europe – SpainMiss Tourism World Oceania – New ZealandBest National Costume – IndonesiaMiss Tourism Model Of The World – Croatia 

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Govt Targets $360m Annually In Tourism Earnings

UGANDA is targeting $360m per year in earnings from the tourism industry in the next 10 years, reports Gerald Tenywa.
Speaking at the launch of the new tourism policy on Friday, top officials in the tourism industry predicted that the industry would achieve sustained growth with the formulation of the policy. 
The launch, which attracted government agencies and the private sector engaged in tourism, was one of the activities organised to commemorate the World tourism day. The national celebrations were held at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. 
State Minister for tourism, Jovino Akaki said tourism had become the top foreign exchange earner. 
“We have always looked at the potential of tourism, but now it is translated into utility,’’ he said. 
The tourist arrivals have been increasing and the anticipated tourism revenue this year is $194m up from $163m last year. 
Akaki said the policy, which aims at sustaining the tourism growth to earn $360m per year in the next 10 years would target few rich tourists. 
He said the policy emphasised attraction of special tourists interests such as water rafting, bird watching, mountain climbing and cultural explorations. 
Dr. Wolfgang Thome of Uganda Tourism Association said if properly harnessed, tourism would become the engine of growth for the economy. Ends

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Bumasilkye sub-county gets 10m fundraising boost

More than 10 million shillings was on Saturday raised at a fundraising aimed at completing Bumasikye Sub County Offices in Muwanda village, Mbale District.

The Sub County authorities have been operating in a rented structure which belongs to a cooperative society. The structure’s roof was recently blown away by rains that pounded the area. This called for completion of new Sub County offices hence the need for the fundraising.

Speaking at the fundraising, Trade Minister State Minister Werikhe also the Bungokho South MP underscored the need for leaders at various levels to put their energies in lobbying for services for the people they represent. Werikhe said that many leaders often engage in politicking at the wrong time. He said this leaves many people languishing in abject poverty.

Dennis Washirekho the Bumasikye Sub County LCIII Chairperson said they have completion of the Sub County offices will save them from rent fees they have been incurring on a monthly basis.

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