The president welcomes tourists to Uganda

05, December 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has strongly encouraged tourists globally to visit the African continent in general and Uganda in particular as the country enjoys the best climate in the world.

 

The President was recently opening the 39th World Congress of African Travel Association (ATA) at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo, near Kampala. The 5-day conference which run under the theme ‘Tourism is Everyone’s Business’ attracted local, regional and international delegates who are engaged in the tourism industry worldwide and are brought together under the umbrella of ATA. African Travel Association, founded in 1975, is a registered non-profit Association in the United States of America, headquartered in New York. It has branches around the world and has so far signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union with the aim of promoting tourism in Africa.

 

President Museveni added that all parts of Africa are miracles. Tropical forests, huge lakes, rivers, snow capped mountains like the Rwenzori and even in the

deserts oases are found that, among many others, are tourist attractions. 

He, therefore, called on tourists to take advantage of the beautiful climate in Africa and Uganda as well as neighboring countries in East Africa and visit the land that does not require any air-conditioning like those in Europe and other parts of the world.

Museveni informed delegates that historically, Africa is also the cradle of humankind, civilization and the main religious groups that include Christianity and Islam. Commenting on faith based tourism, President Museveni noted that it’s quite a vibrant one and Uganda benefits from it citing the 3rd of June of  every year when over a million pilgrims from all over the world flock to Namungongo Martyrs’ shrine to commemorate Martyrs’ Day. 

 

The President also observed that peace prevails in most parts of Africa, adding that pockets of conflict and strange diseases cannot severely affect the tourism industry.  He pointed out that other challenges to infrastructure for tourism, such as hotels, have been addressed and others such as air, land and water transport are being worked on. The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba, hoped that challenges affecting tourism like lack of adequate media publicity would be addressed.

 

The ATA Uganda Chapter President, Mrs. Susan Muhwezi, called on the local and international media, to portray Africa positively in their publicity in order to attract more tourists.

The Executive Director of ATA, Mr. Edward Bergman, pledged to promote public-private partnership to make the tourism industry flourish in Africa. He thanked President Museveni for his support to the industry.

 

The opening ceremony was also attended by Ministers from neighboring countries, diplomats and all stakeholders in the tourism industry, among others.

 

For more about the ATA conference, visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152584438342545.1073741838.92120452544&type=1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read 4178 times Last modified on 05, December 2014
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Login to post comments

Comments

Calendar

« May 2017 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

I4hosting Facebook Like Box

Our Mandate

To formulate and implement policies, strategies, plans and programs that promote tourism, wildlife and cultural heritage conservation for socio-economic development and transformation of the country.

Connect with us

FacebookTwitterStumbleuponGoogle Bookmarks

Our Vision

Sustainable tourism, wildlife and cultural heritage contributing to the transformation of the Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous one.

Our Mission

To develop and promote tourism, wildlife and cultural heritage resources for enhancement of Uganda as a Preferred tourist destination, with accelerated sector contribution to the national economy.

How to find us

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities

P. O. Box 4241 Kampala

Rwenzori Towers 2nd Floor

Plot 6 Nakasero Road.

Kampala, Uganda.

Phone: +256 414 561 700