2009 Uganda

Kampala Uganda. 

Uganda Safari Guides Association celebrated the International Tourist Guides Day on  April 25, 2009 at the Uganda Museum. 
The busy day began with bird watching and cultural walk in the city. The afternoon session attracted over 100 participants. These included members of the Uganda Bird Guides Club, Uganda Cultural Guides Club, tourist driver guides club, mountaineering guides, and the Bwindi Gorilla Guides Association.  About 240 species of birds were recorded around Kampala on only half a day. 10 cultural sites were visited.  
The invited guests included Members of the Uganda Tour operators association, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism and Hospitality and the Ministry of Tourism. 
Other companies that contributed to the success of the day  included Bird Uganda Safaris, Escape Safaris, Birding in Paradise, and Volcanoes ltd. 
The Chairman Herbert Byaruhanga empasised the need for more training in different areas of tourist interests.  These include birding, culture, wildlife, history and archeology, and insects. He also cautioned unregistered guides to stop using the association’s umbrella to offer unprofessional services. He appealed to the Disciplinary Committee to take action immediately and bring wrong doers to book. Quoting from the Tourism Act 2008, he congratulated the guides for making a break through now that the “ tourist guides “ were clearly defined in the tourism law. It defines a “ tour guide” as someone registered and licensed to guide people’s itineraries. 
A services delivery rating excersice was conducted the best personalities and facilities were ranked. 
These included the Best Hotel Manager of the Year, Best Waiter  of the Year, Best Logdge of the year, Best National park of the year etc.  This exercise was carried out by the members of the newly founded Uganda Tourism Journalists association.