The term Sustainable tourism refers to the tourism that meets the needs of present tourists and host destinations while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future. Thus, management of resources through fulfilling economic, social and aesthetic needs while maintaining cultural Integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support systems”. Uganda has achieved sustainable tourism in one way or the other for purposes of reducing poverty levels and creating awareness about sustainable tourism to the communities in order to inform them about the benefits of tourism development in the country. This therefore helps in controlling the effects of the local community to the environment. This is mainly emphasized in engaging in Eco-tourism in destinations like national parks, forests and reserves. Sustainable tourism in Uganda is one of the factors which have helped to increase Uganda safaris to Uganda. The Ugandan government has greatly helped in putting in place many policies which have helped in promoting sustainable tours in Uganda. These policies include; the millennium development goals (MDGs), promoting good environmental practices, engaging the communities in sustainable tourism development and limiting damage by the tourists.
Today organizations like Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation have come up to promote sustainable tourism enhancing the capacity of local people across the tourism focal district of Uganda to harness and realize the tourism potential within their midst, leading to improved livelihoods. The focus is mainly on empowering women through homestead tourism, handicraft production, and rural hospitality in order to sustain village life and culture, improve livelihoods, empowers rural women and youth with skills training, connects them to global market opportunities, and enables them to earn an income to transform their communities in remote rural areas and reduce the need for outward migration. This therefore is promoting sustainable tourism.
Engaging the local communities in conserving the environment helps in promoting sustainable tours.Once the management decides to involve the local people in tourism development, it helps in informing the local people that they are also part of the practice of developing tourism hence conserving and preserving the environment and its resources for tourism development. This therefore helps in attracting more tourists to come for safaris in Uganda.
Conclusively the tourism sector in Uganda has been affected by many environmental challenges but however, sustainable tourism enhancement helps in overcoming such problems which are affecting the tourism sector, this therefore helps in improving the environment and also to increasing the safaris to Uganda. Once sustainable tours are enforced in Uganda, more tourists will be encouraged to visit to Uganda which will help in developing the tourism sector.