By Paul Olinga

Youthful tourism minister Godfrey Kiwanda is up and running with his work since he was appointed the docket.

The minister has not only promoted cultural tourism with the recent International Cultural Festival, but, he has also started promoting wildlife.

Kiwanda, together with the Uganda Tourism Board, are driving a new campaign to raise increase tourist numbers from the current 1.5 million to five million per year.

On Monday, Kiwanda was joined by Tourism Association President Boniface Byamukama and UWEC boss Musigunzi James at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) to launch a drive dubbed Unlocking Uganda Tourism Potential.

Kiwanda called for protection of wildlife by Ugandans so as to conserve and promote tourism in the country.

Geoffrey Baluku, a tour operator and tourism promoter with Africa Gorilla Treks & Safaris said at the event that Unlocking the Tourism Potential of Uganda Launch major objectives are to increase the number of tourist flow to Uganda from the current 1.3 million to 5 million per year.

He added that Uganda however had an ambitious plan to host 20 million visitors by the year 2020. He said the campaign is also geared towards increasing Domestic Tourism from the current status which is less than 10% to 50%.

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