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Embrace domestic tourism - ministerPublish Date: Apr 16, 2014
Embrace domestic tourism - minister
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Children from Little patriots dance group entertaining the guests. Photo by Titus Kakembo
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By Titus Kakembo

When Kampalans were told to exploit domestic tourism by minister of tourism Maria Mutagamba at Speke Resort Munyonyo, men craned their necks to take second glances at curvy ladies dressed in flowing saris and tight fitting Jeans trousers.

“I mean go to the museums, have nature walks, watch the birds and visit our national parks,” corrected Mutagamba. “There is so much out there. It may be reptiles, the people or the huge animals.”
 
This was at Speke Resort Munyonyo, April 9, while marking the World Tourism Day in style.
 
 Dress code: Guests graced in Kiganda, Bakiga and Ankole tradition wear.By Titus Kakembo
 
The diners comprised of royals from Buganda, Toro and Ankole who sauntered about with the grace of a peacock. 
The dress code was African style.
 
The Bakiga exhibited wraps that are similar to the Karimojong type. Tunics, gomasi and bark cloth suits dominated the occasion. 
 
They were crowned by a hat, shield and a spear.
 
The business fraternity led by Kirumira obeyed their thirst and sipped spirits, wines and beers that flowed down their throats lazily like the River Nile.
 
Ndere Troupetreated the guests to dance strokes from Rwanda, Buganda, Gulu, Bugisu and Ankole. 
The girls curved and shook their bodies so seductively. One British man having dinner wondered audibly, “Are their bones made of rubber?”
 
Prince Wasajja poses for a photo with some of the guests
 
Nominated among the richest twenty Africans by Forbes Magazine, Sudhir Ruparelia, tipped Ugandans to invest in tourism.
“There are Europeans, Chinese and other moneyed people in the developed world who are ready to pay a fortune to come and see the Kampala sun, moon or stars shining,” said Ruparelia.
 
“The challenge we have is to make them stay longer and spend more while here.”
 
 Businessman Kirumira (L) greeting Mrs. Susan Muhwezi
 
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) chairman James Tumusiime said Uganda has a variety of attractions that will excite the most sophisticated guest.
 
“We have the culture, geographical bodies, the animals, reptiles and most of all the people,” said Tumusiime. “UTB has a task to keep Uganda in the eyes of international travellers.”
 
 In a nut shell, in the 1970s Munyonyo was popular after Idi Amin baptized it Cape of Good Hope and bought the resident Afrigo Band equipment. 
 
There was a beer there when beverages were scarce in the shops. 
 
It recently got into focus for hosting the maiden CHOGM symposium held in Africa and the dramatic annual goat’s race. 
 
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