Tourism operators in Kabale district are concerned over the lack of a coordination office in the district. They argue that, despite the fact that, Kabale is a major tourist destination, there is no office to coordinate their activities, which has left the operators to work in isolation.
The operators argue that there is need for the Kabale district leadership to recruit a Tourism officer to help coordinate their work. Fidelis Kanyamunyu is the proprietor Wagtail Eco Safari Camp in Kisoro district.
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Kanyamunyu reveals that the absence of a coordination office in Kabale District makes it had for the tourism operators to effectively execute their business. He accuses the district of failing to prioritize tourism, which he says must be addressed immediately.
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David Bakeine is involved in home stay Tourism in Bubare Sub County in Kabale District. He says the sector is like sheep without a shepherd since the people involved in the tourism business are not organized. He says individual operators work hard to succeed as an individual.
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Bakeine advises the district Leadership that despite the fact that government gets a lot of money from other sectors, tourism has the potential to overtake them with proper organization.
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Simon Byamukama is an environmentalist who also operates a campsite at Itambira Island on Lake Bunyonyi. He says coordination remains the biggest challenge. He urges the district to move in and ensure activities of tourism operators are monitored thoroughly in addition to ensuring tourists get the services they deserve to lure more visitors to the country.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC V chairperson admits that the tourism sector has for long been neglected. He however, says that district is moving in to take a deliberate steps aimed at supporting and revamping tourism in the area.
He says that some the issues at hand include the construction of a coffee point at Muko along the Kabale –Kisoro Road a few Kilometers to Echuya Forest Reserve.
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Henry Turyagyenda, the Kabale district Service commission chairperson says arrangements are being made in consultation with Ministry of finance to recruit a tourism officer. He says this will go a long way in improving the coordination of Tourism in the District.