Museveni calls for free movement, limited currencies to boost regional tourism

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Museveni calls for free movement, limited currencies to boost regional tourism
Tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

President Museveni has underscored the need for the East African region to limit the number of currencies and enhance free movement to attract regional tourists and boost tourism.

Mr Museveni says the tourism sector has for long thrived on foreign tourists citing the COVID-19 season that hit the sector when tourist travels were minimal.

This was disclosed during the final preparations of the pearl of Africa tourism expo in Kampala..

From Thursday, June 23, Uganda will host the 8th edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo, an annual tourism and travel trade show that brings together tourism value chain actors and stakeholders for networking opportunities and business dealers.

Represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo, President Museveni asserts that establishing free regional movement and trade will increase tourist number from the east African region that have for long been minimal.

"If we enhance free movement and limit the number of currencies, and respect regional blocks, tourists will come, investors, and travellers are attracted by transparency, better macro management, conducive environment, few capital control and peace and stability because there is no economic growth without stability," Museveni said.

Museveni revealed that government earmarked the tourism sector as a priority and formidable sector for growth going forward. He however urged responsible ministries and agencies to ensure destinations are attractive, conducive and competitive for travellers and tourists.

"The government has prioritized tourism as a formidable sector of the economy but we need to make sure our destinations are attractive and competitive to all," Museveni said.

Tom Butime, the minister of tourism, wildlife and antiquities, called for collective efforts of private sector and stakeholders to unlock the potential and enhance attractiveness of our natural resources to hit the Shs18.9 trillion mark from the sector.

" Government has a plan to boost Uganda's tourism sector and among the strategies is the development of tourism sites and leveraging on technology to scale up marketing efforts but to achieve all that there has to be collective efforts of stakeholders to improve the sector and create a thriving sector that benefits our communities," Butime urged.

Uganda is also targeting to leverage on technology to scale up marketing and position uganda as the leading tourist destination on the African continent.

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