Kabale University Launches Institute of Tourism and Hospitality to Unleash Future Tourism Leaders in Kigezi!

Kabale University has inaugurated the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality today, aiming to bolster the study of tourism in the Kigezi sub-region.

The launch ceremony took place at the institute’s premises on Kikungiri Hill in Kabale municipality, presided over by Eng. Ivan Mbabazi Batuma, the Kigezi Tourism cluster chairperson.

Dr. Christine Ampumuza, the head of the newly established institute, expressed immense pride in this milestone, emphasizing the institute’s mission to provide top-notch education for skilled and knowledgeable tourism practitioners.


These graduates are expected to make a positive impact on both the region and the global tourism industry.

During the event, Prof. Joy Kwesiga, the Vice-Chancellor of Kabale University, highlighted the significance of the institute to the Kigezi sub-region, considering the region’s abundant tourist attractions, which provide a perfect backdrop for nurturing future tourism leaders.

Eng. Ivan Batuma, in his address, encouraged students to utilize their acquired expertise to contribute to the development of their communities, becoming catalysts for growth and sparking positive change within their localities.

The Institute of Tourism and Hospitality aims to bridge the gap between academia and the dynamic tourism industry, promoting sustainable tourism practices and preserving the region’s natural wonders.

The Kigezi sub-region, renowned for its exceptional tourism offerings, boasts several notable attractions, including the Bwindi-Mgahinga conservation area, which shelters over 70% of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Furthermore, the region takes pride in Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s second-deepest lake, adding to its allure as a must-visit destination.

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