BY PPU REPORTER
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launched Destination Uganda brand #ExploreUganda" aimed at promoting Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, as a competitive tourism destination.
While unveiling the brand at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, the President urged the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities together with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) to put more emphasis on community and cultural tourism.
"We have four language groups in this country; the Bantu dialect, the Nilotic dialect, the Nilo-hamitic dialect, and the Sudanic dialect. I haven't seen anyone explaining this," Museveni said.
The President pointed out some unique aspects that highlight Uganda's tourism potential that should be emphasized. These include; Uganda's terrain, vegetation and climate, wildlife, weather and location.
"Whenever I go abroad, things are not easy at all. You're not comfortable. You're in hotels, air conditioning. It is very hot in many places, in some very cold. But here, life is so easy and so nice," Museveni said, adding that "It's a very nice place but it needed a group to talk about it and inform the world. From what I am seeing, the Ajarova group is committed to talking about Uganda".
Museveni also wants UTB to interest foreigners to understand Uganda's strong health system that has made great strides in defeating health challenges like Aids, Ebola and Coronavirus (Covid-19).
"So that they know that when they come here, they're safe. They're in a place where there's safety from the health point of view " Museveni said
He congratulated the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and UTB board chaired by Hon Daudi Migereko for the initiative and pledged to support them.
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Col. Tom Butime, said the ministry has embarked on several initiatives aimed at enhancing Uganda's competitiveness as a destination.
"Your Excellency, on behalf of the Tourism Sector, allow me to extend our commitment to increase tourism contribution to national development, to increase the number of tourist visitors in the country, to increase our contribution to GDP, protect and conserve the natural habitats, and flora and fauna," Butime said.
UTB Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms. Lilly Ajarova thanked President Museveni for being their Commander-In-Chief - leading from the front, every time there's important business for the country.
"As our Number One Brand Ambassador who has spoken out strongly for our country, we feel emboldened by your presence and unending support " Ajarova said.
The launch was attended by among others the Vice President, Maj. Jessica Alupo, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister, Lt. Gen Moses Ali, Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs).