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The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has asked for Shs3Bn to conduct repairs on the dilapidated Ankole Kingdom palace.
The plan mooted by State Minister Godfrey Kiwanda and Permanent Secretary Doreen Katusiime is contained in the national budget framework paper.
The development of the cultural heritage site is listed among the unfunded priorities of Tourism Ministry.
P.S Katusiime noted that the development of the site, meant to offer tourists better package, started in 2017 but its completion has been hampered by inadequate release of funds.
“Tourism product development is key in enticing tourists to stay longer and even make repeated visits. This is still a challenge for the industry, as the average length of stay has stagnated at 7days. Our industry is operating in an increasingly competitive regional and global village,” said Katusiime.
The Ministry of Tourism is also seeking for an additional Shs3Bn to develop the Kitagata hot springs in Sheema district and make it a vital demonstration to attract private sector investments.
Government is also set to spend Shs2Bn to establish Kafu tourist stopover as a model stopover to guide the private investments in stopovers. The funds are set to cover landscaping, fencing, construction of parking space, structures including establishment of a souvenir and crafts center.
Additionally, Shs5Bn is needed to re-develop the Source of the Nile as a world class tourist attraction site and turn it into a modern international and domestic tourism center,
The scope of work for the re-development will cover decks, landscaping, parking area, sanitary facilities, and modern Nile historical park monuments.