MONDAY, 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020: TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
ISAIAH 51:15-16 (NKJV)
15But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth; [Emphasis Added]
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth, [Emphasis Added]
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
JEREMIAH 1:9,10 (ESV)
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
EZEKIEL 37: 3-5, 7, 9, 10
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, [Emphasis Added] O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live….
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, [Emphasis Added] and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone…
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, [Emphasis Added] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on
these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, [Emphasis Added] and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he
came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, [Emphasis Added] “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. [Emphasis Added]
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, [Emphasis Added] whoever says to this mountain, [Emphasis Added] Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says [Emphasis Added] will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, [Emphasis Added] believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
GUIDING TEXT FOR THE FASTING SEASON
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8But a generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Day of the Week
Area of Focus
|14th September 2020
|Tourism and Hospitality
|15th September 2020
|Housing and Construction
|16th September 2020
|Entertainment and Celebration
|17th September 2020
|Sports and Recreation
|18th September 2020
|19th September 2020
|20th September 2020
|Africa, Israel and the Nations
|21st September 2020
|22nd September 2020
|23rd September 2020
|24th September 2020
|25th September 2020
|The Army and the Reserve Force
|26th September 2020
|27th September 2020
|Justice, Law and Order
|28th September 2020
|The Police and LDUs
|29th September 2020
|Prisons and Rehabilitation
|30th September 2020
|1st October 2020
|2nd October 2020
|The Electoral Commission
|3rd October 2020
|4th October 2020
|The 2021 Elections
|5th October 2020
|Post- Election to Swearing-in
|6th October 2020
|7th October 2020
|Dedicating the Decade 2020 -2029
|8th October 2020
|9th October 2020
DATES TO NOTE
CONCLUDING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Monday, 5th October to Wednesday, 7th October 2020 (6 pm to 9 pm)
CONCLUDING NIGHT VIGIL & DEDICATION OF 2020/2021
Thursday, 8th October 2020
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
The tourism, travel and hospitality industries are intricately linked though each has a specific meaning. Travel includes all activities that help consumers reach destinations with different modes of travelling – cars, buses, boats, trains, planes, motorbikes, etc. Tourism usually refers to travelling for pleasure and visiting places of interest such as national parks, museums, art galleries, theatres, etc. With this in mind, it can be said that all tourists are travelers but not all travelers are tourists. The tourism industry includes all firms that provide goods or services to facilitate business or leisure activities away from home environment. Hospitality has to do with taking care of guests or visitors and therefore includes all businesses that provide accommodation, food and beverages services and meeting facilities to the tourists, travelers and local residents. Due to the intricate link between travel, tourism and hospitality, one affects one usually affects the others.
The Benedictine monks hospitality laid the foundations of the modern hospital and hotel industry in the dark ages Europe. St. Benedict established the rule of monastic life that was later to be adopted by most Western monasteries. His guiding principal was that all guests were to be received as one would receive Christ. Their monasteries were always a welcome sight to the late traveller because food and accommodation was available there.
Genesis 18 tells the story of Abraham and Sarah’s generous hospitality to three visitors who were passing by their residence to them by the oaks of Mamre. In those days there was no formal industry of hospitality and so people living in cities and is told in. Seminomadic life in the country would often bring people from different families into contact with one another, and the character of Canaan as a natural land bridge between Asia and Africa made it a popular trade route. In the absence of a formal industry of hospitality, people living in cities and campsites had a social obligation to welcome strangers.
In Abraham and Sarah’s time, hospitality was almost always offered in the host’s home. Today, the hosting of complete strangers in homes is less common though it is been popularized the airbnb business. The hospitality industry has come into being to facilitate and offer hospitality in a wide variety of ways. The hospitality industry accounts for 9 percent of the world gross domestic product and employs 98 million people. The example of Abraham and Sarah shows that this work can be profoundly important as a service to God and humanity.
The Greek word translated hospitality occurs six times in the New Testament. The word is taken from two Greek words to make one word. They are the words philo meaning love and xenia meaning strangers. Hospitality is a love of strangers. It is what we extend to outsiders, strangers, and those in physical and spiritual need.
Statistics from the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development indicate that Uganda’s tourism sector contributed 7.7 per cent to GDP and $1.6b to Uganda’s export earnings, creating 667,600 jobs in the 2018/19 financial year. A 10% growth projection made for the last financial year did not happen. Hotels, tour companies and wildlife protected areas have all experienced massive dips in revenue. Uganda gets most of its tourists from Germany, Switzerland, North America and Canada. Emerging markets for the tourism sector are China, Japan, UAE, and France.
The line ministry that oversees the sector is the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities commonly referred to as Ministry of Tourism. Its mission is to develop and promote the tourism, wildlife and heritage resources for enhancement of Uganda as a competitive and preferred tourist destination, with accelerated sector contribution to GDP.
The Ministry has five affiliated institutions through which its mission is achieved:
- Uganda Tourism Board (UTB)
- Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)
- Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center (UWCEC)
- Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute (UWRTI) and
- Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI).
Information from Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) indicates that in the financial year 2018/2019, tourism arrivals grew by 7.4% from 1.402 million in 2017 to 1.505 million. The foreign exchange earnings also grew by 10.1% per cent from $1.45 billion in 2017 to $1.6 billion according to the 2018/2019-sector performance report. The sector has been heavily impacted by local and international travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
In 2017 the global community network (Inter-Nations) conducted their annual Expat Insider survey of more than 14,000 expats from 191 countries and named Uganda as the friendliest country globally. The friendliness is determined by how expatriates are welcomed or received and this has helped to integrate expatriates into the Ugandan community. Uganda is also the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, with over a million refugees.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your
servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate….
2 CHRONICLES 9:1, 12
Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind…
And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked besides what she had brought to the king. So she turned and went back to her own land with her servants.
LEVITICUS 19:33, 34
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in
the land of Egypt.
“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
2 KINGS 4:8-17
One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” When he had called her, she stood before him. …
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some
have entertained angels unawares.
1 PETER 4:9
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined…
The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all,
because it had begun to rain and was cold.
WORSHIP GOD THE CREATOR OF BEAUTY AND NATURE AND THE WELCOMER OF ALL WHO COME TO HIM.
THANK GOD FOR:
- The leadership at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
- The variety of wildlife species, Uganda’s spectular waterfalls, wetlands, rain forests, as well as our rich culture, food and heritage that attracts tourists from all over the world.
- Uganda Wildlife Authority which conserves our biodiversity that attracts foreign tourists, and Uganda Tourism Board that markets our tourist attractions
- The tourism sector that was ranked the highest foreign exchange earning sector in the Country in the FY 2018/2019.
- Our hospitable culture that led to Uganda being named the Friendliest Country in the Globe by a Survey conducted by the Global Community Network Expat Insider Survey.
PROCLAMATION FOR THE TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR
A Declaration Of What We Are Praying For And What We See As God Answers Prayer
God is raising leaders at all levels in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries that will govern and steward the sector in righteous and justice. Domestic tourism will thrive as Ugandans learn to visit and enjoy other parts of their own country.
People will travel to and throughout Uganda for rest, events, sports and leisure. Tourism products will be diversified to include walking, nature, cycling, heritage, cultural,
agricultural, spiritual, cuisine, and water tours.
Uganda’s fauna and flora will conserved for present and future generations
through ecosystem protection.
The sector will provide multitudes of jobs supported by robust training programs for all cadres
of workers in the sector.
Communities and indigenous people will share in the socio-economic benefits as they
participate in the management of tourism enterprises.
The sector will be sustainable and will be a major source of economic benefits to Ugandans.
The negative effects of tourism environmental impact will be well managed.
Tourism, travel and hospitality infrastructure will be built up all across the country and cheap
air travel will be available.
The hospitality industry will grow to international standards all over the country.
The branding, marketing and promotion of Uganda will enable the country to achieve its tremendous potential in this sector and become one of the most desirable and memorable destinations on earth.