Northern Uganda Tourism to be Revived

Following the end of the insurgency in northern Uganda, tourism activities are to be revived.

The spokesperson of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Edwin Muzahura said, “The potential of tourism in this region is enormous. We are preparing activities expected to rekindle the rich and diverse culture after 20 years of insurgency.”

UTB plans to harness cultural properties and historical sites including internally displaced people’s camps. Other attractions being prepared for tourism operations are cultural and historical sites such as Baker’s Fort Patiko, Wadelai, Aruu Falls in parts of northern Uganda.

Trails taking tourists to explore areas of historical significance such as Sir Samuel Baker, Luo migrations into northern Uganda have been constructed. Another trail will lead tourists to the birth place of 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist the late John Akibua (R.I.P) in Abako village, Lira district.

Muzahura was speaking ahead of the activities organised to commemorate the UN World Tourism Day on September 27. Gulu will host the national celebrations under the theme, “Celebration of Tourism’s role in linking together the cultures of the world through travel”.

“The activities to celebrate World tourism day in Gulu is an opportunity to tell the world that the war is over and showcase what northern Uganda offers and also help to spread the benefits of tourism in the region,” said Muzahura.

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