UNDP receives special recognition for supporting the Uganda tourism sector

20-Feb-2017

Ms. Rosa Malango UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator receives the special recognition award from the Vice President, Hon. Edward Ssekandi (left). Looking on is the Minister of State for Tourism, Hon. Ssubi Kiwanda (right). (Photo Credit – UNDP Uganda 2017)

Kampala - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda has received special recognition for its support to the tourism sector.

This was during the Uganda Tourism Excellence Award Ceremony organised by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) as part of activities to mark the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo 2017.

A special recognition award was handed to the UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosa Malango by the Vice President, Hon. Edward Ssekandi who thanked the organisation for being at the forefront of development support for the Tourism Sector.

The three day Tourism Expo was intended to market Uganda as a tourist destination and attracted over 200 tour and travel exhibitors from the East African region and beyond.

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in Uganda and globally. It is a powerful vehicle for spurring economic growth and job creation world over. It is also an important way to promote sustainable development in Uganda, boosting gains in the social, economic and environmental fronts.

UNDP is proud to have partnered with the Government of Uganda to improve the tourism sector over the past few years. This support enabled the Government to improve the policy and regulatory environment in the sector through revision of the Tourism Policy 2015; preparation of the 10 year Tourism Development Master Plan; and formulation of Regulations to operationalise the Tourism Act 2008.

All this have enabled the sector to become more inclusive, competitive as well as sustainable hence attracting more visitors, creating more jobs and opportunities in the country.

UNDP will continue to support efforts to build inclusive business models - a promising approach to bringing the benefits of economic growth directly to low-income people by including them within tourism value chains. This is key for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring that no is left behind.