ARUA. The organizers of Miss Tourism West Nile 2019 beauty pageant have called for a budget support of UGX39, 560,000.

The officials said the funds for the event are expected to be raised locally from well-wishers.

It is for this reason that Arua district tourism office is collaborating with private sectors and individuals with the aim of meeting the budget.

While addressing journalists on Tuesday, Ms Consolate Olemaru, the Arua district information officer urged the private sector especially the business fraternity to consider tourism as a venture that can also promote their respective businesses.

She said Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) that used to financially support the event withdraw last year but with the help of well-wishers, the 2018 edition was made possible.

The 2019 Miss Tourism West Nile grand episode which is scheduled to take place on September 7, 2019, will start with different contests in all the district of West Nile for a period of one week.

“It is out of this regional competition that West Nile will get its beauty pageants to compete in the national event of Miss Tourism Uganda 2019 as the country prepares to get a tourism queen for 2019,” said Olemaru.

Ms Rebecca Agani, the Arua district tourism officer disclosed that the contestants targeted for the region in this year’s selection will be ladies who understand West Nile’s tourism sector and its sites.

She stressed that there are many of the queens who after succeeding, tend to forget their responsibility of marketing tourism in the region, a reason they will want committed people who will think back home.

“We want beauty queens who can promote tourism in the region. This is because there are many successful ones who have not done much in promoting the tourist sites in the region and on top, they are not known by the people” Agani said.

She noted that Arua district has committed itself to engage the private sector so as to invest in tourism through the provision of hospitality and direction to tourists who will want to visit the various tourist sites in the region.

But Mr Joseph Lukwago, the chairman of West Nile regional hotel managers association observed that there is need to set up a committee for Miss Tourism West Nile cluster to generate ideas for the development of the tourism sector in an orderly manner.