KAMPALA, Nov 13– President Yoweri Museveni has strongly encouraged tourists globally to visit the African continent in general and Uganda in particular as the country enjoys the best climate in the world.
Opening the 39th World Congress of African Travel Association (UTA) at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo, near here Wednesday, President Museveni said all parts of Africa are miracles. Tropical forests, huge lakes, rivers, snow capped mountains like the Rwenzori and even in the deserts oases are found that, among many others, are tourist attractions.
The five-day conference, taking place under the theme “Tourism is Everyone’s Business” has attracted local, regional and international delegates who are engaged in the tourism industry worldwide and who are also brought together under the umbrella of the ATA.
The African Travel Association, founded in 1975, is a registered non-profit association in the United States, headquartered in New York. It has branches around the world and has so far signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union (AU) with the aim of promoting tourism in Africa.
President Museveni called on tourists to take advantage of the beautiful climate in Africa and Uganda as well as neighbouring countries in East Africa and visit the land that does not require any air-conditioning like those in Europe and other parts of the world.
He informed delegates that historically, Africa is also the cradle of humankind, civilization and the main religious groups that include Christianity and Islam.
Commenting on faith-based tourism, President Museveni noted that it was a vibrant one and Uganda benefitted from it, citing June 3 of every year when more than a million pilgrims from all over the world flock to Namungongo Martyrs’ shrine to commemorate Martyrs’ Day.
The President also observed that peace is prevailing in most parts of Africa adding that pockets of conflict and strange diseases cannot severely affect the tourism industry.
He pointed out that other challenges to infrastructure for tourism, such as hotels, have been addressed and others such as air, land and water transport are being worked on.
Uganda’s Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister, Maria Mutagamba, hoped that challenges affecting tourism like lack of adequate media publicity would be addressed.
SOURCE: NEW VISION