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Uganda Museum’s Remarkable Visitor Surge Signals Tourism Sector Recovery

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  • In his dedication to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, Minister Butime stressed the importance of collaboration to forge a future where economic prosperity is intertwined with sustainable cultural preservation.
  • She underscored the necessity for strategic planning and collaboration to ensure the sustainable growth of the sector and benefit for all stakeholders.

The Uganda Museum has seen a notable surge in the number of visitors, surpassing pre-COVID-19 levels by an impressive 137 percent as of December 2023.

This uptick marks a significant recovery for the tourism sector, which was severely impacted by the lockdowns enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the delayed Africa Worldwide Heritage Day celebrations, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities, Tom Butime, disclosed that the museum had welcomed 131,508 visitors last year, compared to 67,366 in 2022, with 87 percent being domestic visitors.

Minister Butime highlighted a substantial increase of 95 percent in visitors to all museums and historical sites from 2017 onwards.

Domestic visitors rose by 77.2 percent, while foreign visitors experienced a remarkable growth of 494.5 percent. According to the minister, this growth showcases the resilience of the sector amidst challenging circumstances.

In his dedication to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, Minister Butime stressed the importance of collaboration to forge a future where economic prosperity is intertwined with sustainable cultural preservation.

The Permanent Secretary of MoTWA, Doreen Katusiime, underscored the significance of the Museums and Monuments Act 2023, which replaced the 1967 Act. She emphasized the necessity for increased private investment in the sector, building upon the foundational efforts of the government.

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Katusiime highlighted the importance of consolidating tangible and intangible cultural heritage under a single ministry for more efficient management.

She also stressed the need for continued strategic interventions and dialogue among stakeholders for the development of the sector.

Commissioner for Museums and Monuments, Jackiline Nyiracyiza, emphasized the importance of comprehending Uganda’s rich cultural heritage and its potential for lucrative tourism if managed effectively. She underscored the necessity for strategic planning and collaboration to ensure the sustainable growth of the sector and benefit for all stakeholders.

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