Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:33

Uganda to introduce cable cars on rwenzori

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Uganda plans to introduce cable cars on Rwenzori Mountain to boost tourism.

During the 8th Annual Tourism Sector Review Conference, Uganda's Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said: "The study [on the feasibility of the project] is already done. We're now waiting for the consultant's report, which will be discussed by the relevant stakeholders before we embark on procuring the contractor who will install the system on Uganda's highest mountain.”

Uganda’s Minister of State for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, said the government also intended to develop a tourism marketing plan for the source of the Nile. "The place might be well known globally, but for Government to see an ROI we need to implement a marketing strategy that will attract private-sector investment in infrastructure, such as hotels, lodges and other facilities."

Commenting on the performance of the tourism sector in the 2016/2017 financial year, the Ugandan Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Ephraim Kamuntu, said the sector had seen an increase in new arrivals. "The tourism sector has been growing consistently since the restoration of peace and security. The sector continues to be the leading foreign exchange earner, contributing US$1.37 billion to Uganda's GDP.”

He added that the sector employed about 6% of Uganda's labour force in 2016/2017. “My department will continue to push for sector development as tourism is the industry considered most likely to drive Uganda to middle income status by 2040.”

Source: TU

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