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Tourism Enthusiasts Launch Drive to Boost Domestic Tourism in Acholi :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Tourism Enthusiasts Launch Drive to Boost Domestic Tourism in Acholi

Opiyo pointed out that a lot of tourism potentials in the Acholi sub-region which includes Aruu Falls, Lamogi Hot Spring, Fort Patiko, Agoro Hills, and cultural institutions are being underutilized due to the effects of the Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency which has made the area labeled a no-go-zone for visitors.
Tourism enthusiasts at Aruu Falls during the Explore North toursim excursion. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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A drive to boost domestic tourism in Acholi tourism has been launched.  

Dubbed, ‘’The Aruu Festival’, it is being headed by a group of travel lovers and adventurous youth from the Acholi sub-region under Awii Inc with support from the Nile Breweries, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), and the Uganda Wildlife and Antiquities in partnership with Amaa Tours and Lapaya Resort.  

It was launched on Friday at the Elephante Commons in Gulu City.  

The organizers say that the drive seeks to advocate for local tourism and showcase and promote cultural and traditional sites in the Acholi sub-region which are potential tourist attractions.

Emmanuel Okello, a member of the central organizing committee said that the first event will be held at Aruu Falls in Lapaya Resort in Angagura Sub County, Pader district between the 7th and 9th of October. 

Okello explained that during the first festival, they want to sell Aruu Falls to the world, rally people to participate in domestic tourism, celebrate culture and arts, and draw the attention of the world to the different tourist sites in the region.  

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Jonathan Opiyo the Proprietor for Amaa Travels and Tours, who is among the organizers noted that the annual event will be held under the theme, ‘’We Are One’’ locally translated as ‘’Wan Acel’’ in Luo.  

He disclosed that they intend to attract more than 3,000 tourism enthusiasts, showcase the Acholi cultural settings, food, dances, and musical performance, and educate the mass on the different tourism potentials in the region.  

Opiyo pointed out that a lot of tourism potentials in the Acholi sub-region which includes Aruu Falls, Lamogi Hot Spring, Fort Patiko, Agoro Hills, and cultural institutions are being underutilized due to the effects of the Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency which has made the area labeled a no-go-zone for visitors.  

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They now want to change the narrative and paint a brighter picture of the Acholi sub-region and how the world can tap from its potential.  

The idea is born of the ‘’Explore North’’ tourism excursion in Northern Uganda which was led by the State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Martin Mugarra in June this year.  

During the excursion, Mugarra tasked the local people to support domestic tourism noting that foreign travelers are being threatened by the recently passed Homosexuality Act.