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A 228 billion tourism investment for Uganda

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A couple of investors have injected a mammoth US$60million into the construction of high-standard environmentally friendly accommodation in the Uganda national parks. This investment, which translates into a little over Shs228billion comes at a time when government is relaxing on it's rule that lodges be at least 100kms apart.

According to The Independent, some of the investors that have shown interest in investing in the country’s national parks include; Great Plains targeting Kidepo and Kibale National Parks, Elewana Collection eyeing investments in Kidepo, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, and the Serena Group that wants to build lodges in Murchison and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.

“The new high-end lodges will be built by Africa’s leading responsible tourism operators,” the country representative of Space for Giants in Uganda, Justus Karuhanga, also confided in The Independent. Note that in the financial year 2018/2019, Uganda’s tourism sector attracted a little over 1.5million tourists and banked a US$1.4billion.

It explains why the President has been very keen on any opportunity to market the country. For example, when Vanessa Ponce, reigning Miss World visited the country last week, the president hosted her. He expressed happiness that the Miss World pageant was being used to promote tourism globally adding that when you talk of tourism in Uganda you are on the right destination in the world because of Uganda’s unique climate and tourism potential.

“Uganda is one of the few unique places in the world that lie on the Equator but because of its high altitude, it also has part of the country covered with snow,” he said. The President told Miss World that tourism has a great potential to benefit many people in the world if the sector’s potential is fully utilised especially in Uganda. He appealed to both Miss World and Miss Uganda to popularise the tourism potential of Uganda. He lauded the hospitality of the people of Ugandan and extended an invitation to Miss World to come back to Uganda and enjoy the country’s tourism and hospitality.

In turn, Vanessa Ponce, also reigning Miss Mexico, described the African continent and Uganda in particular as exceptionally beautiful but wondered that people especially in her native Mexico are not aware of this unbelievable beauty. She told the President that on top of promoting tourism, the Miss World pageant was used to support charity work especially on the plight of women and children. 

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