Uganda will on September 27th join the rest of the world to mark the World Tourism Day at Pece Stadium in Gulu District.
This year’s celebrations will be under the theme ‘Tourism and Jobs; A Better Future for all’ which is aimed at showing the potential that the tourism sector has in creating employment for Ugandans.
Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities Prof Ephraim Kamuntu says government wants to highlight the opportunities for jobs and enterprise development for social economic development in the sector.
“That way we will have given young people a permanent solution and also reduce on the number of people desperate to leave the country for employment opportunities elsewhere” he said.
While addressing journalists at the Ministry over the weekend, Prof Kamuntu said tourism has a multiplier effect across the value chain.
“In 2018 the Tourism Sector employed more than 628,000 people which is 25 percent increase from 504,000 in 2015/2016”.
He added that for Uganda to achieve its middle income status target, the country will need to tap more into tourism.
The Government is currently working to hit 4 million tourists target and bring in 2.7 million USD by 2020.