Experts in Uganda’s tourism industry have advised Uganda to utilize its great history about their former presidents like the ferocious dictator Idi Amin Dada and the Namugongo Christian martyrs as one of their selling points to draw in tourists Africa safaris into this nation.
Uganda’s economy has been trying to launch a dominant tourism sector through marketing its wildlife and amazing nature to the world, however, Uganda has been cautioned that it might be challenging to sell Uganda as one of the Wildlife destination considering that other nations such as Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania already have a step in this as well.
Almost all travelers on safaris to Uganda have heard about Idi Amin, just as the Apartheid in South Africa as well as the legendary Nelson Mandela. Because of what happened during his ruling time as a Ugandan president during the 1970s, Idi Amin Dada was termed as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’ and is one the most famous of all past independence dictators in Africa.
Idi Amin took over power through a military coup back in 1971 and he governed Uganda for 8 years. However in 1979, he was thrown out by Ugandan activists and after that he left for exile to Middle East and in 2003, he passed away in Saudi Arabia.
With regards to the Namugongo Uganda martyrs, Uganda’s tourism industry stakeholders think that in case they are fully promoted, they have a possibility of turning the country into the leading religious tourism destination especially for holiday-makers interested in Faith-Based Tourism.
3rd June of every year, thousands of pilgrims travel to Namugongo to pay homage to Uganda martyrs who died between the years of 1885 and 1887. Uganda martyrs are the best thing that can draw religious tourists into Uganda and Uganda possesses the smallest Christian church on the planet earth that is Bethel church, in Nebbi that seats no more than 3 people.
Uganda also has the 2nd largest mosque in Africa, the Old Kampala Gadhafi mosque which was greatly financed by the former Libyan leader the late Muammar Gaddafi during its construction and the largest church within the East African region that is Liberty Worship Center in Rubaga division in Kampala that seats over 15,000 people.
Uganda has the sole Baha’i temple on the African continent in addition to the black Jews Abayudaya found in Mbale. Faith-based tourism is getting momentum internationally and for that reason, it is important to come up with strategies that attract faith-based countries like Italy, Morocco, France, and Israel among others.