During the opening of a new privately owned heritage museum in Mbarara, the minister of tourism, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu said there is lack of funds in the tourism sector yet the sector contributes 9% of the GDP. The sector has always been allocated 0.13% from the national budget which is not enough.
In 2011, Lonely Planet ranked Uganda the best destination to be visited in 2012 but due to the lack of funds compared to marketing expenditure of Kenya and Rwanda, the country is expected to fail from benefiting from the opportunity because it will not be able to market the attractions.
The event was also attended by President Museveni and he said the amount will be increased in 2012 but due to the inflation and the general budgetary limitation of the government, the amount might not be increased.
Though most of the lodges have been fully booked for the festive season, few Ugandans have been seen entering the parks compared to Kenya where the Kenya Tourist Board with the Kenya Wildlife Services have encouraged domestic tourism by introducing TembeaKenya