Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) together with the local government of Mpigi District have earmarked Shs 1billion to revamp the Equator site, a leading tourist attraction in the district.
The Equator site in located in Kayabwe, about 72 kilometers from Kampala
According to Ronald Kazibwe the District Commercial Officer, the site attracts 1,300 tourists annually.
Once revamped, he says, this number will be tripled.
“The Equator is the best tourism site in our district and it is high time we modernized it to the best standards. Even other sites near the Equator will be receiving tourists which will help increase the district’s annual revenue and household incomes” Kazibwe said.
Addressing journalists at the site, Kazibwe revealed that the project is expected to be completed next year.
Currently there are 500 traders and businesses near the site that directly earn from the visiting tourists.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board John Ssempebwa said so far the board has secured Shs 180 million to start off the work.
“We want to redesign the Equator to reach the standards of the new generation but we have to conserve its originality and preserve the historical documentation of this natural heritage” Ssempebwa said.