In Uganda, community tourism refers to tourism services and experiences that are part of the community daily life in the local setting, presented to the tourists by the community members themselves and the proceeding benefits of these activities go directly to the community. In community tourism, the community members are involved in the planning and managing the tourist experiences. Thus, they own a big stake of the proceeds and other resulting benefits. Community tourism products/ experiences in Uganda can be divided into four sections;
Though each one of the above can be run individually as a community tourism product, they tend to complement each other. For example, most people who come to buy either accommodation, tours or handicrafts will normally want to have foods or drinks. On the same case, the people who come to stay for a night may want to take a walk, or a demonstration/ dance as they pass time. In all cases, people like to take tangible experience and these are the souvenirs which are the local arts and crafts, pictures or the memories.
How community tourism differed from mainstream tourism.
Community tourism is now becoming popular in Uganda since it is a tourists’ good entry point to the local culture and social life. This makes community tourism a key factor to successful wildlife and other mainstream tourism experiences. Supporting community tourism is one of the best ways to support conservation during travel, since most of the income goes back to the local families hence preventing them from depleting natural and cultural resources through subsistence survival.
In Uganda, community tourism is regulated by Uganda community tourism association (UCOTA) Uganda community tourism association through interpretation of policy to the local communities and collaboration with other government institutions such as the ministry of tourism and UTB. UCOTA is a membership organisation that partners with all tourism stakeholders to build, regulate and support communities involved in community tourism as a livelihood. these partners include Uganda tourism board (UTB), Uganda Tourist Association (UTA), The uganda Association of travel Agents (TUGATA), Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA), Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA), Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and others. For more information about Community tourism in Uganda, you can contact us through this website or contact UCOTA through the following contact details; Phone: +256 772657700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ucota.or.ug
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