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NGO eyes luxury cultural villages to boost tourism

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Jan 09, 2008

Solar Green Tourism - a non-governmental organisation - has signed several Memorandum of Understanding with Ugandan partners to operate, market and construct clusters of luxury cultural heritage villages expected to boost tourism in the Uganda.

Solar Green Tourism that works towards global peace and reduction of carbon and greenhouse gases targets to tap into the vast potential in Uganda that has more than 600,000 foreign visits annually to its attractive wildlife, cultural diversities and climate.

"Each village would have seven traditional homesteads with bio-flush toilets and shower," said Chief Executive Officer James Dummer.

Mr Dummer said the heritage villages are ideal for stopovers to and from Murchison Falls National Park and other destinations.

"Each Kingdom will showcase for journeying visitors to areas such as Jinja, Source of the Nile, Lake Victoria and Fort Portal in Uganda," he said.

The projects are expected to start this September with the first phase, which will be a group of four heritage villages.

The total number of luxury homes will be 24 spreading over a 300 acreage prime land leased out by the local land owners. These homes will also offer a good opportunity for a Solar Green style hotel and a conference centre.

Mr Dummer said the project was showcased at the just concluded World Travel Market exhibition, which was held in London and disseminated during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala as a "positive project for the people of Uganda, creating employment, education, new tourism visitors and inflow of hard currency".

Mr Dummer explained that the organisation would invite Ugandan kingdoms to participate in the project without any financial commitment from them and rely on their advice on the layout requirement of their traditional heritage village.

The participating kingdoms will benefit through a donation based on revenue generated in their village, they will keep the profit on the sale of handicrafts plus support for school and clinic improvements.

allafrica.com

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