Tour guides operating in Kisoro district have been urged to find other income generating activities to enhance their survival during the Covid19 pandemic that has continued to ravage the industry.
The call was made by the Programs Officer in-charge of Community development in Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT) Kahunzire Claire during the conclusion of a three-day training of tour guides at Mubano hotel.
Kahunzire explained that tour guides in the region have been hard hit after tourism activities reduced due to Covid-19. She noted that tour guides play a vital role in promoting tourism and community relations.
Among the key incoming generating activities is Gorilla tracking, Mountain Hiking, Community and Nature walks among others.
Kahunzire explained that BMCT in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Batwa Youth for Business Facility Innovation Challenge Fund, under the “growth accelerator project” trained the tour guides on professionalism and also created a platform to brainstorm alternative income generating activities during the partial lockdown.
The tour guides who appreciated Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust and its partners for promoting tourism through making professional tour guides.
They pledged to practice the new ideas acquired in their subsequent operations as tour guides.
Kisoro district has created many jobs for tour guides who work both with companies while others work independently.