By Our Hospitality Reporter
DAILYNEWS UG |SKYZ HOTEL NAGURU|
The prestigious fourth edition of the annual Ekkula Pearl Of Africa Tourism Awards, the ceremony aimed at acknowledging and appreciating tourism key players, is slated to go down on March 29, 2019, at Sheraton Kampala Hotel.
The unveiling ceremony was conducted at Skyz Hotel Naguru and was attended by various stakeholders in the Tour and Travel industry, Media personalities and Hospitality Business.
As the case has been in the past three years, Speke Resort Munyonyo has yet again been nominated in the category of Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel.
The five star hotel now faces a task to defend the accolade they have won in the past three years. They face competition from Imperial Royale, Sheraton Hotel, Speke Resort Munyonyo & Serena Hotel.
This year’s nominees in different categories were announced in a glamorous cocktail invite-only party at Skyz Hotel in Naguru.
According to Mr Bismac Moses Amumpaire, the organizer of the awards, voting for the nominees is officially open on the Ekkula website which is www.ekkulatourismawards.org untill March 27th.
Here’s the list of nominees in different categories.
EXCEPTIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTER
BEST TOURISM PHOTOGRAPHER
MOST ACTIVE TOURISM CLUSTER
KIGEZI TOURISM CLUSTER
EASTERN ENTREPRENEURSHIP TOURISM NETWORK
ACHOLI TOURISM CLUSTER
FINEST TRADITIONAL DANCE TROUPE.
KIKA DANCE TOUPE
BEST PRIVATE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER.
KAVUMBA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER.
RHINO FUND UG-ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
THE CROCODILE FARM. (CAMP CROCS)
MOST USER-FRIENDLY TOURISM ASSOCIATION
UGANDA HOTEL OWNERS ASSOCIATION. (UHOA)
ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA TOUR OPERATORS. (AUTO)
UGANDA SAFARI GUIDES ASSOCIATION. (USAGA)
UGANDA COMMUNITY TOURISM ASSCIATION. (UCOTA)
BEST FOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR.
ROAST AND RHYME
BEST CULTURAL PROMOTIONAL EVENT.
EKYOTO-INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FAIR
IMBALU CULTURAL FESTIVAL
FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR.
KAMPALA FASHION WEEK.
ABRAYANZ STYLE AND FASHION SHOW.
PEARL OF AFRICA FASHION AWARDS
HOT PINK CAT WALK-MALENGO
OVERALL BEST TOURISM EVENT 2018.
NYEGE NYEGE FESTIVAL
BLANKETS AND WINES.
REMARKABLE DIGITAL TRANSPORTER.
BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR. (DOMESTIC)
KAMPALA EXECUTIVE AVIATION
BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR-INTERNATIONAL (Economy Class.)
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS.
BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR-INTERNATIONAL (Business Class.)
EXCEPTIONAL FAST FOODS RESTAURANT.
BEST UGANDAN CUISINES RESTAURANT
SHAKA ZULU RESTAURANT
BEST STANDARD SERVICE HOTEL
NYANGE RESORT AND MARINA
WASH AND WHEELS-MBALE
BEST ECO SAFARI LODGE.
SERENADA ECO RESORT
MALAKAI ECO LODGE
HERITAGE SAFARI LODGE
PARK VIEW SAFARI LODGE
OUTSTANDING NEW HOTEL OF THE YEAR.
SKYZ HOTEL NAGURU
BEST SERVICE AND LUXURY
SPEKE RESORT MUNYONYO
YOUNG TOURISM ACHIEVER.
ENID MIREMBE (ROLEX FESTIVAL)
NATALIEY BITATURE (PROTEA/SKYZ)
NAMINYA SALEH (CASA DEL TOURISTA)
OWEN BIGOMBE (BAKIGA NATION)
TOURISM AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR.
ELMA CHAPEL CHALLA(MISS TOURISM UG’18)
QUIN ABENAKYO (REIGNING MISS WORLD AFRICA)
JOSHUA KIPRUI CHEPTEGEI (OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST)
ZARI HASSAN (SOCIALITE, GOODWILL AMBASSADOR)
TOURISM PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR.
HON KIWANDA GODFREY SUUBI
Ekkula Tourism Awards recognizes and awards key Stakeholders in Uganda’s Tourism Industry. It is the biggest Annual Tourism Event which celebrates the best players in the tourism industry. This is the third year the Awards are being organized in the same spirit.
Ekkula Awards continue to recognize, inspire and motivate key tourism players in the tourism industry. This year’s edition will run under the theme ‘‘Sharing our Cultural Diversity through the Digital Transformation for Bigger Tourism Numbers’’ at Sheraton hotel on 29th March 2019.
Speke Resort Munyonyo offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation and leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa.
The five stat hotel is located 12 km from the centre of Kampala and offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-function meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10-300.