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Indian community pledges to develop tourism in Kampala

By Lawrence Mulondo, Juliet Waiswa

Added 1st April 2016 12:53 PM

Many tourists bypass Kampala’s tourism sites

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2015/16 Miss Kampala Grace Gashumba poses with her new car from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) at City Hall. Photo by Lawrence Mulondo

Many tourists bypass Kampala’s tourism sites

The Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, Ramesh Chandra has pledged continued support towards projects managed by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) especially in the tourism sector

Chandra said that Indian community’s partnership with KCCA comes a long way citing the KCCA schools which the Indian community has supported. 

"We shall continue working in partnership with KCCA to promote others sectors like we have done in some of the KCCA schools," Chandra said at the handover of Miss Kampala vehicle at the KCCA head office in Kampala.

The Miss Kampala contest was organized by Silk Events, KCCA and Fashion Society of Uganda with the aim of promoting fashion and the modeling industry in Kampala.

The KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi in her remarks applauded the Indian community for promoting the city and making it a desirable place.

"We appreciate you for having promoted Uganda and Kampala in particular. We have made progress in the last five years and we shall continue doing so," Musisi said.

The vice president of the Fashion Society Sudeep Mohanty said that contest was organized last year with with the aim of promoting Kampala and also to recognize it through one of its core components of beauty.

The authority spokesperson Peter Kaujju told New Vision that KCCA has realized that many tourists bypass Kampala’s tourism sites.

"Many tourists just pass through Kampala and proceed to other tourism sites elsewhere in the country. Kampala has historical tourist sites worth visiting," Kaujju said.

He added that Grace Gashumba Kampala's ambassador will improve the tourism sector as she will spread information about the city's sites not only to the people of Uganda but also to the rest of the world.

He further revealed that the authority has plans of introducing a friendly environment by introducing city buses for tourists, tour guides and promoting hotels and resorts in the city.

The 2015-2016 Miss Kampala vowed to improve the status of tourism in Kampala adding that she will first sensitize students in schools about it for them to tell other people.

Gashumba added she will also prioritize promoting the girl child and her rights adding that she will carry out sensitization in communities especially schools to educate people about rights of the girl child.

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