Tourists shun Kalangala sites


Tour guides, beach owners and hoteliers in Kalangala District have asked district authorities to market tourism sites in the area so as to attract more tourists.

The request comes after stakeholders in the tourism sector in the district complained about failing to get enough clients during the Easter festive season as predicted.

Kalangala is a tourism destination with good climate, great forest walks and wonderful sail on the ferry. However, very few tourists visit the islands.

According to Mr Rogers Munaawa, the team leader Ssese Islands Tours and Travel, a few bookings were made for the Easter weekend yet many tourists were expected to visit Kalangala Islands given the place has safe means of transport.

“Many hoteliers were happy last month after the return of MV Kalangala which had been taken for repair. They thought the turnover of tourists during the Easter season would be high. We prepared too much only to get few tourists.” Munaawa said in an interview on Monday.

Mr Thomson Oboth, the head of Kalangala Tour Guides Association, said: “I don’t think that when we do not get clients, it’s only the people in the tourism sector to lose. Even the district cannot earn taxes.

“There is need for collective responsibility such that we aertise our services so as to increase on the number of clients.”

According to statistics from Kalangala Tourism Board, the district had a shortfall of 37 per cent on the total earnings from the tourism sector in the previous year. Kalangala District gets 21 per cent (Shs61m) of its local revenue from taxing tourists and hoteliers who provide accommodation for the tourists.

The records
37 %
The percentage shortfall in Kalangala District’s tourism earnings.

The percentage of tax revenue that Kalangala District gets from its tourism sector.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor