Tourism Minister launches World Tourism Day celebrations 'Tourism Week'
Maria Mutagamba, the Ugandan Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has officially launched tourism activities that will lead to the celebrations of Tourism Day come Sept. 27.
The activities to mark the day include; domestic tourisim launch dinner set for Aug.29, King Oyo Empango celebrations for Sept. 7, Mt. Rwenzori Royal mountain climbing challenge for Aug.8, tourism exhibition to be held at Booma Grounds, Fortportal from Sept. 24 to 27 among other activities.
Speaking to journalists in Kampala on Aug.2, the minister said, the sector is one of the major contributors to economic growth and urged the youth to get involved in ventures related to the sector.
“It is a source of employment and that means earning money,” she said.
She said government is committed to financing the sector as more developments in it are realized.
Uganda has been named a top tourist destination many times across the world and this has given the country hope that more could be gained out of the sector.
The National Geographic puts Uganda among the top 20 global tourism destinations in the year 2013. The National Geographic is an international travel channel affiliated to the National Geograpic Society.
Official data says Uganda earns Shs 2.7 trillion as revenue from the sector annually.
The pride of Uganda’s tourism lies in the undisturbed green nature. There are many tourist features in Uganda including bird species, wildlife, and the rare mountain gorillas among others.
See You All There at Booma Grounds, Fort Portal for this year's World Tourism Day celebrations.