The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Mr. Taleb Rifai on his maiden visit to Uganda has commended the rate at which tourism in Uganda is flourishing terming it as the oil that runs the economies which never runs out if well preserved.
This after he visited the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe(UWEC) where he participated in greeting and feeding the giraffes, chimpanzees and an infant elephant before he marveled at the shoe bill stock and sighted a variety of the reptiles.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on June 24,2013 held talks with the World Tourism boss Mr. Taleb Rifai to discuss the future of tourism sector in the country.
President Museveni promised that government will promote tourism but observed that poverty was the major problem which forces people to encroach on protected areas, destroy nature as well as tourism sites. The meeting at State House Entebbe was attended the minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Dr. Maria Mutagamba while Uganda Wildlife Authority was represented by Mr. Charles Tumwesigye, the Chief Conservation Area Manager(CCAM) "Tourism is being interfered with by human activities, help us to protect our forests,swamps,lakes and the River Nile from encroachers and tourism will thrive in Uganda, "remarked the President.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority Management has announced that the current conservation fees(Tariff rates) 2011-2013 will remain valid until the end of December 2013. This follows a management decision based on stake holder's request that the tenure of conservation fees runs on a calendar year as opposed to the current financial year basis. Management would like to inform the partners, stake holders and intending visitors that the current rates will reign until the end of this calendar year and a reviewed tariff will be operational effective January 14.The plan is intended to improve the services to the clients and tour operators in booking for permits and other activities offered by UWA.
Our very own Charles Tumwesigye, the Chief Conservation Area Manager (CCAM) at UWA is the latest winner of the National Geographic Society Buffet award for leadership in conservation. He talked to us about the joy of scooping the coveted award, his protracted struggle for conservation causes and the trickle down impact of his efforts.
By Charles Tumwesigye (CCAM) In 2008, UWA in partnership with McGill University and Makerere University Biological Field Station established a small Dispensary at Kanyawara to provide cheap medical care to communities living around Kanyawara as one of the benefits from conservation to communities.
BMCA gave out 137 million shillings to Kisoro District Local Government as Revenue Sharing and Gorilla Levy from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who received the cheque from the CAM BMCA, Mr. Pontious Ezuma promised to ensure that the money will be disbursed to beneficiary communities and implored his Sub County Chiefs to ensure that it used to implement projects that were approved and agreed upon with communities without fail.
Communities neighbouring Lake Mburo National Park which borders Kiruhura, Mbarara and Isingiro districts had reason to smile late June when a total of 233m/= was disbursed to them under the revenue sharing scheme.
In their relentless efforts to promote domestic tourism and maintain Uganda's status as a leading tourism destination, Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA) marketers actively took part in the week long Bunyoro-Kitara Tourism Expo between June 9-16th at the Boma Grounds in Hoima Municipality.
The growing numbers of the annual June 3 pilgrims to the Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo should be exploited to transform the destination into one of the premier tourism sites in the world, Uganda's Vice President Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said on June 3,2013.
Uganda's Shs50,000 note whose main feature is the mountain gorilla image, is the third most beautiful currency in the world. The note was named among the nine most beautiful currencies in the world by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). "Uganda's 50,000-shilling note is a finely worked piece of currency with design features such as the watermark of
Wildlife in Kibale National Park will have a breathing space following the eventual arrest of George Kisembo of Kahondo village,Busiriba sub county in Kamwenge district who has been terrorizing the protected area.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in partnership with African Wildlife Foundations in the process of developing tourism trails in Lake Mburo National Park.
The new trails include Lakeside trail, Interpretation trail, Rubanga trail and Kigarama trail. The surveying of for all the trails has been accomplished and they are expected to be open by end of this year. The new products are expected to increase on the tourism products and attract visitors to stay longer in the protected area.
New members of Staff
Ms Barbara Ameso is the new Marketing and Research Officer for Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Barbara a professional marketer formerly worked with the office of the Prime minister as an assistant researcher. She joins the Tourism development and Business Services with a pledge to drive tourism to another level.
In the legal unit, Ms Charlotte Kukundakwe and Mr. Ali Luzinda are the new legal counsels who will be defending the rights of UWA, her employees and her estates.
In the Conservation department, Dr. Robert Aruho has joined the busy Monitoring and Research Unit. We welcome the new staff to one of the leading conservation agencies in Africa.