Uganda’s world tourism day 2020 celebrations head to Fort Portal City
Celebrations of this year’s World Tourism Day in Uganda will be held in the country’s western Tourism city of Fort Portal in Kabarole District, the tourism ministry has announced.
The annual celebration which will take place on September 27 2020 will this year have a theme of “Tourism and rural Community development.”
The theme, the ministry said, is aimed at putting all focus on the plight of rural communities and the contribution tourism can make in transforming their livelihoods.
Mr Godfrey Kiwanda, the state Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities said in a statement that the choice of Fort Portal was because the area exhibits some of the best landscape and wonderful people that represent brand Uganda as the pearl of Africa.
The area also has some of the best examples of how communities have been transformed using Tourism which is in line with this year’s theme.
“Fort portal has recently been declared a tourism City and we want to join the celebrations but also engage the leadership at an early stage to guide that development to greater heights. Allow me to also 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,” Kiwanda said.
This year’s World Tourism day celebrations comes at a time when the world is in the most uncertain of times of the corona virus pandemic with countries closing borders to tourists and international travellers which has greatly hurt tourism world over..
“We therefore need to strengthen our resolve in following the preventive guidelines and equally seek treatment and isolate when we get infected. Together we can win this battle,” Kiwanda added.
A few weeks back, the Ministry of Tourism announced standard operating guidelines for tourism enterprises, destinations and hospitality sector and is currently on a nationwide campaign to sensitise and ensure compliance.