Uganda is emerging as an attractive ecotourism destination. Primate safaris, bird watching and village tours are popular activities in this East African nation.
Uganda has attracted an increasing number of tourists looking to get close to gorillas, chimpanzees and other wildlife.
The Ugandan government is committed to the safety of foreign tourists, who are an important source of revenue and officials are urging foreigners not to cancel their travel plans.
In a statement made by Cuthbert Baguma, executive director of the Uganda Tourism Board, said that security agencies are on “full alert” and the situation is under control.
“There is no need to cancel or change itineraries because there is no indication of a re-occurrence of any sort.”
He added that Bwindi national park and other popular tourist destinations are safe and remain open to tourists after Sunday’s attacks.
“The bombing was intended to scare and discourage visitors. Uganda Tourism Board reassures visitors that Uganda is safe and that the government is committed to maintaining Uganda as an attractive and secure tourist destination.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement strongly condemning the attacks at Kampala’s Ethiopian Village restaurant and Kyadondo Rugby Club.
“At this tragic moment, the United States stands with Uganda,” said Clinton.
“We have a long-standing, close friendship with the people and Government of Uganda and will work with them to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”