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Uganda to fly hot air balloon near Kenyan border

24 September 2014, 10:21 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Ugandans will fly a hot air balloon for the first time during the World Tourism week celebrations that kicked off Tuesday.

According to the organizers of the function, the hot air balloon will start flights over Mbale town near the border with Kenya from Thursday through Sunday.

Some Kenyans who live near the border are also expected to throng into Uganda to fly in the hot air balloon.

Authorities in Uganda have announced that this year's World Tourism Day will be celebrated in style with the purpose of making local Ugandans to start appreciating and also get involved in tourism.

Every year, Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the annual World Tourism Day on September 27.

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Its purpose is to foster awareness among communities on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic impact.

A statement issued by Uganda Tourism Board ( UTB) Tuesday said that the government has taken domestic tourism to a higher level by promoting regional clusters and has engaged various stakeholders to propagate this initiative.

UTB has said that the colorful ceremony will be held in eastern town of Mbale, 200km from Kampala.

The functions will take place in Mbale stadium under the theme ''Tourism and community development.''

''Throughout the week, there will be several events in Mbale town including exhibitions depicting the region's culture, natural and historical attractions, heritage, dance drama and music. Some animals like lions, leopards, ostriches, peacocks, monkeys, pythons and crocodiles will be shown to the people,'' a statement from UTB said.

Uganda Tourism Board is currently promoting regional clusters as part of its domestic tourism strategy.

''In eastern region, we have the most beautiful scenery; exciting caves, Wanale Hill, agro tourism (rice, coffee, and bee keeping), Sipi falls, and bull fighting among others,'' UTB said in the statement.

''Tourism in Uganda has been growing at a fast pace. The country is peaceful, disease free and investment opportunities are available in the sector. We wish the country fruitful celebrations this week,'' it added.

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