Bashir Hangi, the Head of Communication and Public Relations at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), has emphasized the importance of Ugandans embracing domestic tourism for the growth of Uganda’s tourism sector.
He made these remarks during a meeting with a delegation of journalists from Mbarara city who visited Lake Mburo National Park yesterday.
Hangi pointed out that inadequate infrastructure and accommodation facilities are major obstacles that have negatively impacted domestic tourism.
He urged potential investors to consider investing in the tourism sector by constructing affordable hotels within the parks. This would help make tourism services more accessible to the local population.
Furthermore, Hangi called for a change in mindset, highlighting that many Ugandans mistakenly believe that tourism is primarily for foreigners.
He emphasized that this is not the case and encouraged the public, especially the media, to take the initiative to educate people about the advantages of tourism and the importance of conserving natural places.
Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest Savannah National Park, located in the southwestern part of the country and conveniently situated near the Mbarara-Kampala highway.