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Item Open AccessAinemukama, Fredinando (2022). Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 on Tourism Activities in Kisoro Region: A Case Study Of Kisoro Municipality.(Kabale University, 2022) Ainemukama, FredinandoThe general objective of this study was assessing the impact of COVID-19 on tourism activities in Kisoro region. This study adopted the descriptive and exploratory research methodology. The target population consisted of 220 respondents, 110 respondents were selected as sample size. Questionnaires and interviews methods were used to collect data. The findings revealed that 80.0% of the respondents have had education on COVID-19, While 20.0% of the respondents stated that they have not received education on COVID-19. Basing on the above findings, it's evident that majority of the respondents have received education on COVID-19. majority of the respondents agreed that COVID-19 disorganized many tourism activities that led to closure of hotels and loss of human capital in the beginning of the pandemic in Kisoro Municipality. The study concludes that COVID 19 has led to increased poverty as many people lost their jobs. As travels were canceled and tourists reduced in numbers, tour companies were forced to stop some of their employees from working hence creating poverty. Item Open AccessAssessing the Effects of Tourism Revenue Sharing to the Improved Livelihood to the Neighboring Communities of Bwindi: A Case Study of Uhoma Sector.(Kabale University, 2022) Mutungyirehi, DanThe purpose of this study was to assess the effects of tourism revenue sharing to the improved livelihood to the neighboring of communities of Bwindi. The study used both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The sample size of 178 respondents was used selected from a total population of 300. Purposive Sampling and simple random sampling were adopted for this study. Questionnaire and interviewing methods were used as data collections methods. The findings revealed that 81.9% of the respondents stated that they had benefited from revenue sharing scheme, while 18.1 % of the respondents stated that they had not benefited from revenue sharing. Findings therefore indicated that majority of the respondents had benefited from the revenue sharing. The study recommends that Uganda wildlife staff should always engage community political leaders, so that they involve other stake holders in conservation. Item Open AccessAssessing the Role of Local Government Towards the Development of Tourism in Rwanda: A Case Study of Musanze District.(Kabale University, 2023) Tuyishime, Jean ClaudeThe exploitation of natural resources has been attributed to the fact that the human population keeps enlarging, thus there is a lot of pressure on the utilization of natural resources. Other challenges like poaching. deforestation, grazing, and bush burning lead to the destruction of tourism destinations and the environment at large thus impacting the eco-systems within the environment and causing environmental erosion. The study examined the contribution of Local development of tourism destinations in Rwanda in Musanze District. Item Open AccessContribution of Hot Springs to Community Development in Rubanda District: A Case Study of Nyamasizi Hotsprings in Hamurwa Subcounty.(Kabale University, 2023) Tahinduka, MerisahThe study focused on the findings of the study which was to contributions of Nyamasizi hot springs to community development of Rubanda District. The objectives of the study included the following, to identify the local perceptions towards the potentiality of Nyamasizi hot springs in terms of tourism business, to assess the contributions of the hot springs towards community development and to identify challenges facing the local communities around the Nyamasizi hot springs. There was a critical review of the issues that were explored and studied both theoretically and empirically in the existing literature on Nyamasizi hot springs as an independent variable, community development as the dependent variable, and the methods of data collection that were put into action. The research used 50 respondents as the sample size, and both qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis were employed. The researcher used simple random sampling techniques in collecting and analyzing data and was used to provide equal chances to the sample size. Purposive sampling was also used to collect data from respondents who participated in the study. Findings of the study were obtained from the field, interpreting the results analyzed based on the specific objectives of the study chapter five portrayed the summary of findings, the recommendations of the study were, that there should be a need to analyze the contributions (both positive and negative) ofNyamasizi hot spring towards economic development of Rubanda district and there should be involvement of local people in decision making and be consulted on policies regarding potential hot spring resources and their ability to influence these decisions. Item Open AccessEffect of Covid-19 on the Performance of Selected Hotels in Mbarara City.(Kabale University, 2023) Mukama, GadThis study was about the effect of COVID-19 on the performance of selected hotels in Mbarara city. The general objective of the study was to find out the effects of COVID-19 on the performance of selected hotels in Mbarara City. Three specific objectives guided the study including; examining the effect of COVID-19 on hotel employees, evaluating the performance of Hotels in Mbarara City, and finding out the relationship between COVID-19 and the performance of Hotels in Mbarara City. The study employed used a descriptive cross-sectional survey design where data was collected across the population at one point in time and a mixed approach was employed. Using a questionnaire research instrument, data was collected from 87 respondents that included the hotel managers and selected workers of Triangle Hotel, Luongo Hotel, Jameson, Agip, and San Diego. The first study examining the effect of COVID-19 on hotel employees revealed that client reeducation was the major effect of COVID-19 that affected visitors to the hotels as revealed by 65% of the respondents. The second study objective about evaluating the performance of Hotels in Mbarara city revealed that before covid-19 pandemic there were stable employees as reflected by 33% responses, during covid-19 pandemic there was client reduction as mentioned by 65% of respondents. The third study objective about the relationship between COVID-19 and the performance of Hotels in Mbarara City revealed that there was an effect mentioning the reduction of salaries as the major relationship between the variables. The study therefore recommended that Hotels in Mbarara city be ready for a post-corona environment. There are different scenarios on when the industry will recover, what new challenges and standards will be imposed, who are more likely to travel which products and services will disappear and transform. Hence the stakeholders especially hotel owners should be able to create different action plans for each scenario to be put into action after recovery. Item Open AccessExamining Factors Responsible For the Continued Illegal Use of Wildlife Resources at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.(Kabale University, 2023) Muhumuza, AmbroseThe illegal use of wildlife is a threat to biodiversity globally, causing negative biological. ecological, economic, and social impacts and acting as a primary threat to maintaining national parks. At Bwindi impenetrable forest national park south western Uganda, When the national park was set up by an act of parliament in of Uganda 1991, it caused high levels of conflict and resistance from local people who became excluded from the area and its resources. As a result, in the years that followed, some 'integrated conservation and development' (ICD) interventions were carried out to reduce conflict by improving the livelihoods of communities living around Bwindi National Park. The study examined the factors responsible for the continued illegal use of wildlife resources at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Item Open AccessFactors Influencing the Growth of Tourism in Uganda: A Case Study of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.(Kabale University, 2022) Katwesigye, JordanThe study was about factors influencing the growth of tourism in Uganda. Acase study of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. The study was guided by the following objectives; to identify the attractions that have influenced growth of tourism at Bwindi impenetrable national park, to examine how government policy has contributed to the tourism at Bwindi impenetrable national park and to identify other potential factors that have led to the growth of tourism at Bwindi impenetrable national park. Descriptive research design was used in the study and data was collected using a questionnaire and key Infomart interviews. During data collection purposive sampling technique and simple random sampling were used. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used to collect datafrom8 l respondents.The respondents were dominated by males accounting for 59% and females accounting for 41 %. In terms of occupation, respondents were comprised of tour guides with diploma level represented by 48% most tour guides had completed Diploma, policy makers were represented by8% and had completed degree level of education. Tourists were represented by 12% and they had completed postgraduate level of education, peasants had completed primary and secondary level and they were represented by 15% and 17% respectively. The findings revealed that animal species such as mountain Gorillas were the major tourist attractions at Bwindi impenetrable national park because 22% of the respondents or touristsrated them as the main reason for visitingBwindi impenetrable national park. Other factors have led to the development of tourism at Bwindi impenetrable national park include political climate with 10% of the respondents, image of the destination with 7%, craft shops and tourism centers with 18%, game and bird watching with 16%, nature walks with 11 % and friendly tour guides and tour operator with 14%. Some of the challenges that hinder tourism development at Bwindi impenetrable national park include poor road network and cool climate which most of the tourists feared.The study concludes that the presence of unique wildlife especially mountain Gorillas, the image of Bwindi as a tourist destination and favourable policies are the major factors that influenced tourism development, policies that improve and promote tourism in the sharing of tourism benefits and other factors that contribute to tourism development at Bwindi impenetrable national park.-The findings of this research are expected to be useful to policy makers, academicians and other key players in the tourism industry and community development sector.Although the results have established that local communities participate in the tourism decision-making process through their leaders who are members of the decision-making bodies, overall the local people in Ruhija sub-county felt they were generally not involved. This was in part caused by people's reluctance to attend village general meetings, which eventually posed barriers to communicate outcomes. This suggests the need to raise people's awareness of the importance of village general meetings as important avenues through which public opinion can be collected and feedback from leaders can be communicated. Item Open AccessThe Contributions of Cultural Entertainment Groups to Tourism in Kabale District.(Kabale University, 2023) Ahumuza, ShallotCultural entertainment has had great tourism potential in attracting visitors and preserving local cultures and the environment. Over the years, its impact has been greatly felt in the tourism sector in many parts of the world. The past life of a typical Roman was filled with so much fun and enjoyment so the need to input different activities to help them get the best out of their social lives was paramount for the king at that time. In today's world, entertainment has moved from mere storytelling, gladiator fight,s and horse races to big business in Europe. The general objective of this study was to Assess the contributions of cultural entertainment groups to tourism in Kabale district. Item Open AccessThe Contributions of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Towards Economic Development of Kisoro District: A Case Study of Gisozi Parish.(Kabale University, 2023) Munyambabazi, DannyThe main of this study was to investigate the contribution of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park towards the economic development of Kisoro District. This study attempted to assess the services offered by Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to the economic development of Kisoro District both quantitative and qualitative techniques were used. The contribution of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the problems facing it, and their mitigating measures have been examined and finally, recommendations were given. Wildlife conservation and economic development have remained a statement for tourism and biodiversity conservation to ensure natural capacity equality in Uganda. There was a need to carry out a study to establish why a phenomenon is in place and what should be done to mitigate the problem. It was found out that UW A disburses 20% of park entrance fees called "Revenue Sharing" to improve the socio-economic livelihoods of the people surrounding the area. Other stakeholders include CARE, MBIFCT, USAID, and World Bank Global Environment (WBGE), and others to mention but a few. All these work in collaboration to promote wildlife conservation as well as tourism. The research findings also indicated that people's standards of living improved because of MGNP through providing employment opportunities. It also revealed that local people especially women have had their income improved as a result of the contribution of MGNP since they have a ready market for their crafts like baskets, bags, and hats made from local materials. The researcher's findings revealed that tourists have come with some negative contributions to the local people like cultural degeneration. This is due to some unacceptable habits like Kissing, Hugging, and Indecent dressing among others which have had a big impact on local people, especially tour guides who interact directly with tourists from different areas with different cultures. From the Research findings Recommendations were prescribed for instance if the government of Uganda and Kisoro District local government could make a strong policy governing the contribution of MGNP, and increase the setting up of many campsites, it could help them get more funds from the industry in the form of taxes. The District procedure and marketing Department should sensitize the farmers around MNP on market gardening and other valuable crops to be grown. This is because farmers in surrounding areas still engage themselves in growing traditional crops such as sorghum, wheat, maize, and many others which do not create a market in tourist campsites. Item Open AccessThe Impacts of Revenue Sharing on The Development of Buhoma Community in Kanungu District.(Kabale University, 2017) Kato, JacobThe study focused on the effects of revenue sharing programme towards the development of communities neighboring Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a case study of Buhoma community.It was set to; assess the impact of revenue sharing on development of residents neighboring Bwindi National park, find out challenges faced by people neighboring Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and assess the community based natural resource management strategy in place at Buhoma community. Both questionnaires and interview guide were key instruments for this research This study used a descriptive research design which utilized qualitative analysis. The design was chosen because it could enable the researcher to capture the list of the respondent's views in their own words with in an appropriate time frame. On whether people share revenues from the park disbursed to communities, majority respondents revealed that they last accessed revenue from Buhoma Community bataka groups, others showed that they had not acquired any revenue resource from the bataka groups while some were hoping to access revenue in some future time. Majority respondents revealed that rotating savings schemes had a close relationship with the revenue institutions yet the bataka groups had a close link with Uganda Cooperative alliance. Respondents revealed the impact of revenue sharing on development of residents neighboring Bwindi National Park as training on saving habits, increasing access to revenue services and improvement of household welfare. This implied that indeed small savings and credit schemes were important to Buhoma communities. However it was recommended that there was a need for conserving institutions to be transparent and accountable and fight other hardships that clients may be facing if they are to design effective interventions before the situation fails out. This can enhance revenue acquisition increase performance of employees since transparency and accountability smoothens the performance of any institution yet a National Park is an institution in itself. Item Open AccessThe Role of Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust in the Development of Community Based Tourism In Koranya Community.(Kabale University, 2018) Muhwezi, IvanThe study focused on the roles of Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust to the development of community-based tourism. It had the achievable objectives like 1. Identify and categorize BMCT activities in relation to community-based tourism development in Koranya community. 2. Establish the challenges faced by BMCT towards development of community-based tourism in Koranya community. 3. Strategies for sustainable development of community-based tourism in community by NGOs. In this research, interview and observation methods were used to collect desired data for the study. The data is analyzed using different softwares for instance MS Excel, word and graphics to produce information that is in the form of words, graphs etc. This study used descriptive research design which utilized qualitative analysis. The design was chosen because it could enable the researcher to capture much of the respondent's views in their own words with in an appropriate time frame. Item Open AccessTourist Road Experiences Around Lake Bunyonyi In Kabale, South Western Uganda(Kabale University, 2023) Atuheire, TimothyThis study investigated "Tourist road experiences around Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale, south Esemganda. It was carried out among tourists at Lake Bunyonyi Camp site, including cottages such as Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort, Bunyonyi Overland Resort. The study was guided by three objectives namely; identify the most common road challenges faced by tourists around Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. me perceptions and attitudes of tourists towards road infrastructure in the Lake Bunyonyi area and identify strategies for improving road conditions and infrastructure in the area around Lake Bunyonyi. The study employed qualitative research design and collected data through interviews as instruments for data collection. Both primary and secondary methods of research data collection were used. The study employed both purposive and non-probability sampling design using quota sampling technique and it involved a sample size of 30 respondents. The study found out chat the tourist road experiences are both negative and positive. The study found that the state of the roads in the area is poor, with potholes, no street lighting and also with poor signage. Also the poor conditions of the roads in the area often cause life threatening events such as accidents, and increased safety challenges to the tourists using these roads. A number of strategies have been put in place to improve on road conditions but a lot is still desired. The study further concluded that although the roads are poor, experiences of the tourists vary depending on the effect of what is experienced and the overall impact on tourist satisfaction. The study further brought to the fore some action oriented recommendations towards improvement of road experiences in order to realize tourist satisfaction such as the need for improving the road conditions through constant renovation. However the study highlights that this calls for the attention of government and increased community participation in road maintenance activities if tourist satisfaction is to be boosted in the area. Therefore, Uganda National Roads Authority should focus on developing a comprehensive road infrastructure plan, which includes regular maintenance, repairing of potholes, and improving road signage by installing signposts to provide clear directions to tourists using the roads leading to lake Bunyonyi campsite.