Thursday, 8th January 2015This new product is the Mountain Rwenzori climbing challenge with the visit by American Super model Marlina Moreno as one of the highlights. Addressing journalists in Kampala the deputy CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board John Ssempebwa said mountain climbing has earned many countries a lot of money yet in Uganda it has remained unexploited. He says some of the challenges have been the high cost and distance to get to the peek, which factors he says have now been addressed with a promotion taking place on January 17, 2015 as he explains.
Between 400 and 500 Ugandans are expected to participate in this challenge with the tourism minister Maria Mutagamba as chief walker. Uganda¡¯s tourism has overtaken foreign remittances as the top foreign exchange earner, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). "The tourism sector also contributed 7.9% to Uganda's GDP in 2013 amounting to about sh5.5 trillion with as little investment as Shs800m last year,¡± said Andrew Seguya, UWA¡¯s executive director at the launch of the tourism master plan 2014-2024, which is a collection of strategies and plans geared towards transforming the tourism sector.