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Miss Tourism Uganda Pageant is back on the Uganda Tourism calendar 20 years after it was last held.As part of the activities to celebrate this year’s World Tourism Day which falls on 27th September, the Tourism fraternity led by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) has launched a Miss Tourism Uganda 2013 pageant, a website, logo and a theme song.

During the occasion to launch the pageants at Tamaria Hotel in Kampala on July 30,the minister Dr. Maria Mutagamba called on stake holders to “Journey with us and be part of the transformation of Uganda through Tourism Uganda Pageant 2013which will support tourism growth and improved livelihoods”

The aim of the pageant is “Promoting Uganda’s tourism by showcasing Uganda’s beauties as the Pearls of Africa”
Dr. Mutagamba says the pageants will promote Uganda tourism domestically and internationally, showcase Uganda’s diverse and rich tourism offering (flora, fauna, culture, history, food etc) and increase public-Private sector participation/funding in tourism.
The contest will be open to all single Ugandan women in all regions of the country aged 18-29 with a minimum A’ level education and with a height of 5 feet six inches.

The chairperson of the Tourism and trade in parliament Mrs Flavia Kabahenda Rwabuhoro said during the launch that she was happy that a Ugandan woman will be used to market the face of Uganda. She pledged that the Parliament of Uganda will not only join the journey but lead it in rediscovering the country’s natural endowments. She challenged her colleagues in parliament to support tourism as a vehicle for social transformation through public awareness and engagement .She was also happy that the pageant will now be an annual event and that the winner will represent Uganda in the Miss World Tourism event in Malaysia this year. The climax will be in Fort Portal during the World Tourism Day celebrations. Visit the website   

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You can never get enough of this park

As reported by Jude Katende in the Daily Monitor

At the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This haven of wild life is one of the must visit places in Uganda. The most incredible thing about the park though, is the fact that each visit is a novel experience and maybe even better than the first.

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Original source Newvision By C. Lubangakene

Farmers in Nwoya and Kiryandongo districts have volunteered to be trained in stray animal management measures. This follows persistent destruction of food crops by stray elephants from Murchison Falls National Game Park on the neighbouring communities,

At least 100 farmers attended the two-day training at the park's wildlife education centre.
The training, which ended last Thursday, was organised by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and funded by the African Wildlife Foundation.

The farmers were equipped with basic cultural methods of dealing with problem animals such as mixing burnt oil with chili and mixing cow-dung with chili. These are to be put near the gardens to prevent the animals from encroaching on them.

"We have been facing many challenges in managing problem animals. The problem started from Nwoya, but it has now spread to Kiryandongo," said Walter Odokorwot, the Murchison Falls assistant community conservation warden.

"We are greatly challenged by the lack of enough manpower to handle the problem animals in the affected areas. This is what prompted us to introduce the community wildlife scouts in the areas," he added.

Odokorwot said there are long-term plans by the Government to erect electric fences and dig trenches around the park boundaries to prevent the stray animals from crossing into people's land and destroying crops.

"But these are expensive ventures that may not be realised easily. We need to do something ourselves," Odokorwot noted.

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Routes Africa deligates tracking GorillasTo  Mr. Jon Howell, the Tourism Development Manager at UBM Live- Routes, the gorilla tracking experience was simply incredible.
Richard Bodin the chief commercial officer at Fastjet in the UK, agreed with Jon but remarked that to say the experience was amazing is simply an understatement.

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For their passion for mountain Gorilla conservation in Uganda, the members of the Routes Europe which is part of UBM Routes (England) have made a kind donation of GBP 1,793.37 to the Gorilla Organization for the conservation of the endangered great apes. The members raised the funds during a marathon in the Greater Manchester in May this year during which £1,179.39 was realized . The person behind the initiative, Jon Howell, Tourism Development Manager, UBM Routes presented the cheque to Ms Joyce Kigozi, Operations Manager, The Gorilla Organization and Dr. Andrew Seguya, Executive Director, Uganda Wildlife Authority on July 7th at Routes Africa Welcome Reception, Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala.. Speaking after being presented with the cheque, Ms. Kigozi appreciated the efforts taken to raise these funds for the organization. “Thank you so much,” she said to a huge crowd attending a cocktail, in her address to the Routes team and its sponsors. “Our work is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like you. I want to assure you the £1,179 will be put to good use to save the Gorillas. On behalf of The Gorilla Organization and its entire staff in both London and Africa we want to thank you so much,” she added. Her sentiments were echoed by D. Seguya who said . “I would like to also thank the team at Routes and UBM Live and all those that participated in the Greater Manchester event for what you are doing for Uganda. We appreciate the role of air transport in developing tourism and we think it is great that representatives of this industry have worked on this initiative to protect the Mountain Gorillas,” he said. He added, “We have just completed a census of Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and we now have a figure of more than 400 of these rare animals, from 340 just six years ago and this has been one of the biggest achievements of conversation. We really promise that these resources will be put to very good use to conserve these animals in partnership with The Gorilla Organization,” Meanwhile the Uganda minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Mrs Maria Mutagamba said during the Routes Africa Strategy summit that Uganda’s tourism growth over the years can clearly be correlated to the growth in aviation industry. The policy of liberalization of the economy enabled tourism to post significant economic growth, she added. The minister encouraged both national and local players to participate in Uganda’s tourism and aviation sectors, with government providing enabling policy leadership. The three day summit was marked with exhibitions from local and international airlines, airport authorities, tourism agencies including Uganda Wildlife Authority and a dinner gala entertained by the famous Ndere Troupe. Over 360 delegates from 50 countries , representatives from over 60 airlines,60 airport authorities, suppliers and tourism representatives attended the 8th Routes Africa summit to plan and discuss air services development across Africa. Mr. Cuthbert Baguma of the Uganda Tourism Board made a presentation on Driving Tourism in Africa while Mr. Amos Wekesa of the Great Lakes Safaris Company made a presentation on the compelling tourism attractions in Uganda.

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For their passion for mountain Gorilla conservation in Uganda, the members of the Routes Europe which is part of UBM Routes (England) have made a kind donation of GBP 1,793.37 to the Gorilla Organization for the conservation of the endangered great apes.
The members raised the funds during a marathon in the Greater Manchester in May this year during which £1,179.39 was realized.

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Bwindi hosts research symposium

Researchers across the spectrum converged in Bwindi’s Buhoma park headquarters for a researchers’ symposium.  The symposium jointly organized by UWA (BMCA) and ITFC (Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation) had varied number of researchers in numerous discipline discuss research papers and contribute to the addition to the body of knowledge on the eco system of Bwindi. This is often a time to show case research carried out across the conservation area and also give room for participants to appreciate the researcher’s works and critic it at the same time.
In his opening remarks, the Conservation Area Manager Mr. Pontious Ezuma observed that despite BMCA being very key in the general organization and arrangement of the annual event; it was only the first time Buhoma where the park headquarters are based was hosting it. He thanked all researchers for committing time and resources to extensively enrich the existing information about Bwindi eco system for management to make informed decisions and actions. He argued them to continue to build this body of knowledge that will definitely culminate into management making good informed decisions issues pertaining the Bwindi base on their work. He therefore encouraged researchers to share this information with management.
 The annual event kicked off with guest having a feel of the BMCA research priorities through the eyes of management as presented by the department of Ecological monitoring and shortly after a short presentation from the Great Virunga Trans-boundary Core secretariat’s Teddy Musabe on the its role and the various partnerships around it.
Other varying issues discussed were the chilli growing as a problem animal intervention as well as evaluation of Human Wildlife Conflict prevention strategies. However, particularly of concern was the discussion on Spatial and temporarily patterns of habitat utilization in Bwindi Mountain gorillas.
The discussion brought to life the revelation of gorilla ranging zones visa vie viability of food. The discussion lead by the Phd. Student researcher Nicole Seiler brought to light the old topical discussion of the necessity of habitat manipulation. According to her preliminary finding, the Bwindi habitat food is very much in abundance around the mountainous region of Bwindi where half the world’s mountain gorillas are situated. Their ranging therefore is not hugely affected by the food shortage with in the park rather other factors do contribute.
 This research study is being undertaken in Ruhija, Buhoma and parts of Rushaga. Many other wide ranging topics were discussed and debated in a lively manner that engaged the participants in the symposium the entire day.

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Uganda Wildlife Authority directorate of Conservation has completed the process of habituating a family of Golden monkeys for experiential tourism as a strategy to diversify tourism activities within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
It is now possible for clients to stay with the monkeys for four hours. The product is now ready for the market, according to UWA management.
The fee for this activity is US$100 inclusive of park entry fees
The maximum number per visiting group per day will be six
The activity will be taking place in the mornings and afternoon and lasts an average of four hours each session
Bookings will be done at both headquarters and the national park offices in Kisoro and Ntebeko.

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