The Nation Media Group outlets in Uganda have been recognized for providing excellent coverage of tourism and wildlife/nature conservation related issues in Uganda.
Uganda’s NTV a television company was declared winner of coverage of sustainable tourism issues by a media house category followed by the New Vision while Daily Monitor was the third during the maiden Sustainable Tourism Media Awards Programme for excellent reporting on tourism issues.
NTV Uganda’s Craig Kadoda won the Television Broadcast category while Daily Monitor’s Herbert Benon Oluka was second runner up in the print media category and KFM Radio journalist Ben Jjumbe won the radio broadcast category. New Vision’s Gerald Tenywa won in the print category followed by East African’s Deusdedit Ruhangariyo. The winners submitted articles published or broadcasted during the period August 2009 to August 2010 covering tourism, showing how important sustainable tourism is for our livelihoods.
The State Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms Janat Mukwaya, urged media houses to promote tourism. “Uganda is endowed with a lot of natural resources that we should promote,” Ms Mukwaya said. She commended the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and the Uganda Tourism Board for recognizing journalists who have taken the initiative to write about tourism.
The State Minister for Tourism, Mr Serapio Rukundo asked Ugandans to be more nationalistic and promote their own nature-endowed resources. He said most people have not embraced tourism yet it can employ many people who are unemployed.