Residents in the South Western district of Kisoro have been hailed for promoting tourism in their area.
This was expressed by the State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda who was in the district over the weekend in the TULAMBULE WILD campaign aimed at promoting local tourism.
Kiwanda said that Kisoro district’s tourism sector was developing daily due to the cooperation of locals and positive input towards it.
“I am grateful for communities’ participation in tourism. The future of tourism depends on community support,” said Kiwanda.
Kiwanda who was impressed by the beauty of Kisoro’s tourism features said that the Ministry will consider organizing a one week festival in the district aimed at promoting tourism in the area.
The minister on Friday toured around Mgahinga National Park and he spent most of his Saturday at Bwindi impenetrable Forest.
He also opened two offices for Uganda Wildlife Authority in the region that is in Rubuguri and Ruhiija both around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Eng Ivan Batuma, the Kigezi Tourism sector, Vice chairperson and also a member of the Uganda Wildlife Authority board of trustees said that the Minister’s Tulambule campaign was important for the sector’s development and thus it was worthy of support.
Batuma however highlighted the challenges of poor road network to the tourism sites, poor attitude towards the sector and financial weaknesses as the leading limitations of local tourism promotion.
John Kamara Nizeyimana, the Bufumbira North legislator asked the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Authority to expand the Nyakabande airstrip so as to boost the sector.
“To our tourists who travel by air through the Nyakabande airstrip, they are mostly disappointed and limited by its size. The airstrip also has stones that are disastrous. Therefore it should be renovated and improved to meet the best standards,” said Kamara.
Fidelis Kanyamunyu, a representative of Nkuringo Cultural centre expressed the need to boost community tourism opportunities in the area especially through training locals about the sectorial expectations.