Published on : Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Canada has many beautiful provinces. There are gorgeous snow-capped rocky mountains, rivers with crystal clear waters cascading over stones and rocks, fresh water lakes and various other visual treats that defy description.
British Columbia has invested a lot in tourism – not just in its parks and other natural attractions, but in every aspect of human activity.
The partnership between governments and private citizens and businesses enables Canada to attract and cater to millions of visitors every year. The World Trade and Tourism Council reported that tourism contributed $41.8 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2017. That figure is expected to rise to $56.1 billion by 2028.
Foreign tourists, especially from the United States of America, are major contributors to the Canadian tourism industry. However, tourists from within Canada are the main foundation. Canadians have a strong appreciation of their country and proudly promote and enjoy its beauty. Saving money and time aside to explore their country is as important to them as saving for retirement.
These attributes became the focus in the just concluded Convention of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB), that was held in Vancouver 10 days ago. Under the theme: ‘Unlocking Kigezi’s Tourism Potential’, excellent presentations by Ivan Mbabazi Batuma and Lillian Kamusiime, two leading tourism investors and providers in Uganda, highlighted the exceptional beauty of Kigezi and Uganda.
Kigezi remains largely unexplored as a chosen destination for the connoisseurs of beauty, culture, history and the unbeaten tourist path.
That is why ICOB has resolved to be a champion of tourism in Kigezi, not only through actively promoting the opportunities, but also through a concerted, collaborative effort to get government investment in infrastructure that will make tourism a successful vehicle of development.