Government Determined to Boost Tourism in Lango Sub-Region
By Milton Emmy Akwam
Hundreds of businessmen and women across Lango Sub-region on Friday turned up in big numbers to attend a consultative meeting on how tourism in the sub-region could be boosted.
The meeting which took place at St. Lira Hotel, Lira town, was organized by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) in partnership with Ministry of Tourism.
Early this year, UTB formed Lango Tourism Cluster (LTC) that is aimed at identifying tourism sites in the Sub-region, liaising with relevant bodies so it can be marketed inland and globally to prospective tourists.
“As Ministry, we are working improve on our roads and airfields countrywide to boost tourism. Some of tourists would want to spend fewer hours on transport and for that they prefer air transport,” Kiwanda Godfrey, State Minister for Tourism says in a press briefing on Friday evening
He added: “Lango has tourist potential sites that government will try to upgrade, build modern hotels near them.”
It’s worth noting that the proposed Anai Airfield in Lira Sub-county, Erute County North has been a talking subject for the past 30 years but, according to Minister Kiwanda, government will soon construct it so as to boost tourism.
Early this year, residents of Anai Bung, where the airfield is to be built vowed to drag Lira district to Court claiming that they were being forced out of their land.
Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Betty Amongi Akena said government is planning to compensate squatters who have lived on the government land for the last 12 years
“I have asked the Lira district LC5 Chairman, Alex Oremo Alot to get details of those who are living in Anai Airfield land. We are ready to compensate them,” Amongi.
Stephen Asiimwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) says tourism is globally a business as it bring huge revenues to both community, business players and government