There is renewed focus directed at reinvigorating Uganda’s tourism industry. These efforts have in the past few years received enormous backing from both government and the private sector. Some people have started harvesting.
However, amidst this hope, one disadvantage stands in the way of Ugandans intending to work in the country’s tourism industry – the lack of necessary education and training. This lack of know-how and skills to work in the industry has seen Ugandans lose jobs to Kenyans.
This skills gap has woken up regulators and high learning institutions to start training Ugandans. Uganda Tourism Board has on different occasions called on private sector players who are the helm of the industry as service providers to improve on their skills through training; training institutions are heeding to this call.
Victoria University, a private university in Kampala, is inviting interested students to apply for the three year Bachelor of Tourism and Hotel Management ahead of their August intake. The course covers a wide range of topics in the tourism sector.
All one needs to qualify for this course is Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent with two principle passes obtained at same sitting or a Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management or in related course from recognized institution.
“This course welcomes students into the exciting and diverse hospitality and tourism industry. While providing an understanding of the scope and complexity of the industry, the course covers key hospitality issues, management definitions.” Abdul Kalanzi, marketing and recruitment specialist at Victoria University, said.
He elaborated that students after graduating can build careers and work in restaurants, hotels, beverages operations, casinos, theme venues, entertainment centers, cruise lines, and countless other hospitality and tourism business.
Tourism in Uganda is a major driver of employment, investment and foreign exchange, contributing trillions of Ugandan Shillings to country's coffers. Tourism can be used to fight poverty in Uganda.
Tourist attractions in Uganda include national game parks, game reserves, traditional sites, natural tropical forests. Traditional occasions like Mbalu in eastern Uganda, boat riding, waterfalls etc.