Government Forms Clusters to Enhance Domestic Tourism

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In the campaign championed by the Tourism Ministry, Uganda has been clustered into 10 geographical areas, creating administrative levels at districts to manage and promote specific tourism attractions.

Government has embarked on a new drive to promote domestic tourism and public management of tourism resources at local councils.

In the campaign championed by the Tourism Ministry, Uganda has been clustered into 10 geographical areas, creating administrative levels at districts to manage and promote specific tourism attractions.

Vivian Lyazi, the Ministry's Principal Tourism Development officer says the some clusters like Kigezi have already taken off with Lake Bunyonyi, Kisizi falls and Gorilla marathon being promoted. The Source of the Nile, Kagulu hills, Bishop Hannington site are being promoted under Busoga tourism initiative.

Buganda cluster has embarked on promoting Kasubi tombs and Buganda clans; Bugishu is promoting the Imbalu dance while Tororo Rock is promoted in Tororo among other attractions.

Currently stakeholders in regional groupings are undergoing sensitization on the values of clustering and promoting key values of tourism resources in particular clusters that do not necessarily attract foreign tourists to increase domestic tourism. Targeted groups include hotel owners and managers, media, transporters, local leaders and cultural leaders.

Patrick Izimba Gologolo a cultural leader of Kigulu chiefdom in Busoga Kingdom says the move will enable popularize tourism resources that are little known to the local people and promote cultural heritage in Busoga region if some sites are entirely controlled by local - cultural leaders.
 
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Simon Kaita, the Jinja Municipal Council Tourism Officer says clustering tourism areas will enable smooth operations between government entities and private owners of tourism sites. These also include site that have been sold off which however need to be preserved. He is also optimistic that this would raise budgetary allocations to the sector.
 
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Among the tourism sites of historical and cultural importance that have been sold off in Jinja are Rippon hotel, Amber court, Mpumudde hill, Igenge hill and part of the Source of the Nile land.