After the lockdown, many were eager to travel around the world to feel the freedom once again. Although the tourism numbers will not immediately go up following the opening of Entebbe International Airport, there are vital signs and new optimism that the sector is resilient.
According to the tourism sector players, after opening the airport, government should partner with the tourism fraternity and come up with different interventions to bail out the sector, because it was one of the most hit by the Covid-19.
Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister, Col. (Rtd.) Tom Butime, said on top of government interventions, Ugandans should embrace local tourism so as to give the sector the major boost it needs to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
He made the remarks on Friday during the launch of Kigambira Safari Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park, western Uganda.
“I implore Ugandans to embrace local tourism to improve the sector. The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact but the sector will bounce back stronger,” Hon Butime said.
He said Brigadier Bakahumura’s decision to invest in the sector should inspire other Ugandans to do the same.
Kigambira Safari Lodge whose construction started in 2016, is the first lodge in the park to be set up in the last five years, something the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) boss, Sam Mwandha credited Bakahumura for.