Tourist guides in Uganda will be imposed on standards by the Tourism Act to generate discipline and professionalize the industry.
During the awarding of 30 tourist guides who had been training in guiding techniques and principles at the Uganda Museum in Kampala, the minister of tourism Mr. Ephraim Kamuntu said there has been the need for the guides to get sufficient training because they represent Uganda when with the tourists.
He said a new law will be put up not to allow any guide to handle tourists to parks and different heritage sites only when trained and registered. The government has set up the Tourism police in the Tourism Ministry to make sure the tourists are safe and there is good behavior.
The president of the Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA), Mr. Herbert Byaruhanga said the association has been in existence for 18 years with an aim of improving the quality, profession and standard of all safari guides in the country.
Byaruhanga has told the minister that the tourist guides lack equipments like binoculars, and recorders and higher learning institutions should emphasize on guiding principles. Most people do not want to share information about the history of Uganda which has led to less developed domestic tourism.
Mr. Boniface Byamukama, the President of The Association of Uganda Tour Operators said the tourism industry can change Uganda’s economy but still faces promotional funds and inadequate marketing.