Rwenzori Attacks Bite Tourism Business in Busoga

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The attacks in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Notoroko districts are already affecting tourism in Busoga region. Several tour companies in Jinja have registered tour trips cancellations and amendments by tourists from abroad.

The attacks in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Notoroko districts are already affecting tourism in Busoga region.

Several tour companies in Jinja have registered tour trips cancellations and amendments by tourists from abroad.
 
Daudi Mutalya, Director of The Tourist Centre Tours and Travels, says four clients have cancelled or postponed their trips to Uganda causing losses of at least 4 million shillings.
 
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Mutalya is worried that if the situation is not seen to calm down in the Rwenzori region, the effect on tourism could be devastating. 
 
Viola Namala, a travel consultant at Advanced Tours based in Jinja confirms 10 agents have cancelled their trips.
 
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Simon Kaita Jinja, municipal tourism officer, says the district has witnessed a drop in visitors to places like  the source of the Nile and Itanda falls in Jinja district.
 
He says the revenue collection at the source of the Nile has dwindled by at least 30% up from two million shillings collected on average every month.
 
Over 90 people were confirmed dead following the attacks by unknown gunmen in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts.
 
Although the motive of the attackers has not yet been established, security sources said the attacks could be linked to clashes between the Bakonzo, Bamba, Basongora and Banyabindi ethnic tribes.
 
In 2005 a British national, Steve Willis, was killed by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army in the Murchison Falls National Park.
 
The head of the Uganda Tourism Association, Herbert Byaruhanga says the attacks are a setback to efforts by the Uganda government to market tourism in the country.