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Govt allocates Shs 2bn to religious tourism sites

The Minister of Tourism Wild Life and Antiquities, Hon Prof Ephraim Kamuntu

The Government has allocated Shs 2bn for the development of two religious tourism sites in Busoga sub-region, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga has confirmed.

Hon Kadaga singled out Bishop James Hannington memorial site in Kyando, Mayuge as one of the beneficiaries of this investment, according to the New Vision.

“The financial boost raises hope for the tourism industry, in particular the regions with spiritual tourism sites, which have been neglected for a long time,” reported the newspaper.

Tour operator, Prime Safaris & Tours LTD recently issued a statement saying religious tourism in Uganda has not been explored and that most of the tourists who under take Safaris to Uganda are attracted with the various national parks gifted with diverse wildlife, the beautiful natural vegetation, cultural attractions but there is a lot to explore and experience as far as Religious tourism is concerned in Uganda.

“The uniqueness about faith based tourism is that it is an emotional activity and people do not need a lot of convincing. People will go for religious pilgrims in Israel even when bombs are falling around,” a tour and travel consultant from the agency, Siima Simon Peter said.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation estimates that 300-330 million tourists visit the World’s key religious sites annually with approximately 600 national and international religious voyages in the world.

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