Kabale University Hosts the Regional Police Commander for a Talk on Tourism Security

Kabale University Hosts the Regional Police Commander for a Talk on Tourism Security

On March 6th, 2024, Kabale University’s Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management welcomed ACP Saiga Ibrahim, the Regional Police Commander of the Kigezi region, for an enlightening discussion on tourism security in Uganda. The session, attended by students and faculty members, shed light on the crucial role of security in fostering and preserving the tourism industry.

The dialogue included various topics, ranging from risk assessment and crime prevention tactics to emergency response protocols and the pivotal role of law enforcement in safeguarding tourism attractions and destinations. ACP Saiga Ibrahim stressed the importance of collaborative efforts between the police, tourist stakeholders, and local communities to effectively address security challenges.

“Our objective is to ensure that tourists feel safe and secure while experiencing the splendor and diversity of Uganda’s natural and cultural heritage,” stated ACP Saiga Ibrahim. “By enhancing security measures and fostering partnerships, we can cultivate an environment conducive to the development and flourishing of tourism.”

ACP Saiga emphasized that tourism security is an emerging discipline focused on protecting and maintaining the functionality of the tourism system, both domestically and internationally. He highlighted the essential role of private security professionals, police departments, and other stakeholders in ensuring the safety and success of the industry.

Addressing the audience, ACP Saiga underscored the primary mandate of tourism police, which includes providing a secure environment for tourists through patrolling, emergency response, crime prevention, and crisis management.

In discussing emerging threats to the tourism industry, ACP Saiga Ibrahim cited terrorism, referencing a past attack on tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park that resulted in fatalities and raised concerns about Uganda’s tourism security. He emphasized the need for global cooperation, including through organizations like Interpol, to address terrorism and other transnational threats effectively.

He outlined that specialized training initiatives focusing on areas such as cultural sensitivity, crisis management, and counter-terrorism. He also emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships, community policing, and technology integration in enhancing tourism security.

The session served as a valuable opportunity for students and faculty members to gain insights into the complex dynamics of tourism security and the collaborative efforts needed to ensure a safe and secure environment for visitors. Through knowledge-sharing and partnerships, Kabale University remains committed to promoting responsible tourism practices and contributing to the sustainable development of Uganda’s tourism industry.


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