The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator Rose Malango has urged government to involve local leaders in its efforts to develop domestic tourism.
Malango noted that Uganda’s tourism potential is mostly in National Parks which are surrounded by locals who if brought on board can do much in protecting and boosting tourism.
“As UNDP we are focused on strengthening the role of local communities in protecting and managing natural resources. The indigenous communities such as Baganda, Batwa, Banyoro and Ik have historical knowledge used to protect natural resources,” she said.
Malango called on government to harness the role of cultural institutions, small and medium enterprises; particularly those led by local leaders, women and youths to make tourism as inclusive as possible.
She further noted that Uganda’s tourism potential is big considering the amount of natural resources it has and advised that more marketing strategies should be introduced to tap into the tourism opportunity more effectively.
According to the 2017 report by the Ministry of Wildlife and Antiquities presented on Friday last week 91,000 Ugandans visited the parks.