he United States Agency for International development (USAID) has earmarked $20m to improve tourism in Uganda.
The programme will be unveiled in the next few months. The support was revealed by the deputy chief of mission at the USA embassy in Uganda, Virginia M. Blaser.
She said the programme would benefit tourism cultural centres like Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara district. Blaser made the disclosure on Monday after inaugurating a three-dimensional map the embassy funded at Igongo Cultural Centre.
The map, that cost $10,000, will guide tourists who are interested in knowing the history of the area. The team leader of environment and natural resources in USAID Kampala, Suudi Bamulesewa, said the programme would develop tourism related to bio-diversity conservation.
He said they would focus on Lake Mburo National Park and Karinzu Forest Reserve. Bamulesewa said they would also develop Kidepo and Murchison Falls national parks.
He added that they were in the process of identifying partners who would implement the project on behalf of USAID and the US.
Bamulesewa disclosed that they had set aside funds to support entrepreneurs interested in investing in the tourism sector through projects like building hotels to accommodate tourists.
The proprietor of Igongo Cultural Centre, James Tumusiime, said the facility promotes research, people who make handcrafts, musicians and singers.
He said it also promotes herbal medicine, forestry and other issues relevant to African history and culture. Igongo was established three years ago at the site where people used to play music for the King of Ankole.