Acholi elects team to promote regional domestic tourism

Tourism businesses in the Acholi sub region, northern Uganda, have today elected a team to head the cluster that brings together all stakeholders.

In a tightly contested race, Tony Awany, beat 13 other contestants to take the one year leadership position. The contest was held at the Golden Peace Hotel, in Gulu Municipality. Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is promoting regional tourism through the development and support of tourism clusters.

"We should work together to promote our culture, language and people through tourism," Awany said. He went on to say that the rest of Uganda and the world should know that the Acholi sub region is now a peaceful place and all set for business and growth. He emphasised the need for unity and to work together as tour business and members of the Acholi community.

Gulu is now a booming metropolis with major businesses setting up regional offices here. The Acholi region suffered the brunt of the Kony war but has since made a turn around since he was expelled. Today the Gulu town is full of life and is the second largest urban centre in Uganda after Kampala.

It is also the biggest urban centre between the Murchison Falls National Park and the Kidepo Valley National Park. Both national parks have received international accolades as top destinations.

The Acholi sub region is also home to important sites like Fort Patiko in Ajulu parish, Patiko sub-county, Aswa County, Gulu district. Fort Patiko, also known as Baker's Fort, was a military fort built by Samuel Baker in Patiko, Uganda. 

Construction of the fort was completed on December 25, 1872. After Baker left in 1888, the fort was used by Emin Pasha and Charles Gordon. 

It is these opportunities the Gulu Tourism Cluster is seeking to exploit with the aim of benefitting the local communities near or around such sites.