The Ministry of Tourism, wildlife and antiquities has launched a series of events to mark the celebrations of World Tourism Day.

Under the theme; Tourism and Community Development, the celebrations will be held in Fort portal city, in Kabarole district. This year’s micro celebrations will be climaxed on 27th September; the International World Tourism Day.

This theme focuses attention to the plight of rural communities and the contribution Tourism can make in transforming livelihoods. The beauty of Uganda is best exemplified by the countryside, fresh, undisturbed ecosystems where the people live in harmony with nature.

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Fort portal exhibits the best landscapes and wonderful people that explain Uganda, The pearl of Africa, but has some of the best examples explaining how communities have been transformed using Tourism.

Tourism minister Kiwanda Godfrey said; “Fort portal has recently been declared a tourism City and we want to join the celebration but also engage leadership at an early stage to guide that development to greater heights.”

He used the day to recognise and celebrate the silver jubilee anniversary of the reign of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi the fourth.

“The king has led his people with steadfast vision and mobilised them into a developmental force that evokes pride in the region.”

He said; “We celebrate world tourism day this year in the most uncertain of times of the pandemic. We therefore need to strengthen our resolve in following the preventive guidelines and equally seek treatment and isolate when we get infected.”

Recently, the ministry launched guidelines for the tourism enterprises and they are currently on a nationwide campaign to sensitize and ensure compliance.