Speke Resort Munyonyo rides high as Nominees for Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards are unveiled

By Our Hospitality Reporter

DAILYNEWS UG |SKYZ HOTEL NAGURU|

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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.

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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

JONATHAN BENNAH
BALUKU GEOFREY
SARAH KAGINGO
AMOS WEKESA

BEST TOURISM PHOTOGRAPHER

MO LATIF
SEBUMMA IVAN
MATIAS MUGISHA
PETER HOGEL.

MOST ACTIVE TOURISM CLUSTER

KIGEZI TOURISM CLUSTER
WEST NILE
EASTERN ENTREPRENEURSHIP TOURISM NETWORK
ACHOLI TOURISM CLUSTER

FINEST TRADITIONAL DANCE TROUPE.

CRANE PERFORMERS
KIKA DANCE TOUPE
MIZIZI ENSEMBLE
ROCKIES TROUPE

BEST PRIVATE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER.

REPTILE VILLAGE
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

FISH FESTIVAL
ROLEX FESTIVAL
MUCHOMO FESTIVAL
BEST CULTURAL PROMOTIONAL EVENT.
EKYOTO-INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FAIR
BAKIGA NATION
ACHOLI FESTIVAL
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.
BAKIGA NATION
ROLEX FESTIVAL
NYEGE NYEGE FESTIVAL
BLANKETS AND WINES.

REMARKABLE DIGITAL TRANSPORTER.

QUICK TAXI
SAFE BODA
UBER
TAXIFY

BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR. (DOMESTIC)

EAGLE AIR
AEROLINK
KAMPALA EXECUTIVE AVIATION
BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR-INTERNATIONAL (Economy Class.)
EGYPT AIR
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
QATAR AIRWAYS
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS.

BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR-INTERNATIONAL (Business Class.)

BRUSSLES AIRLINES
KLM
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
EMIRATES
EXCEPTIONAL FAST FOODS RESTAURANT.
JAVA HOUSE
KFC
CHILLIES RESTAURANT
CAFÉ JAVAS

BEST UGANDAN CUISINES RESTAURANT

AFRICAN POT
SHAKA ZULU RESTAURANT
2K RESTAURANT
KEMBABAZI’S RESTAURANT

BEST STANDARD SERVICE HOTEL

NYANGE RESORT AND MARINA
WASH AND WHEELS-MBALE
BOMA HOTEL-GULU
HOTEL TRIANGLE

BEST ECO SAFARI LODGE.

SERENADA ECO RESORT
MALAKAI ECO LODGE
HERITAGE SAFARI LODGE
PARK VIEW SAFARI LODGE

OUTSTANDING NEW HOTEL OF THE YEAR.

MESTIL
HOTEL TRIANGLE
SKYZ HOTEL NAGURU
GOLDEN TULIP

BEST SERVICE AND LUXURY

BUSINESS HOTEL.
IMPERIAL ROYALE
SHERATON HOTEL
SPEKE RESORT MUNYONYO
SERENA HOTEL.

Speke Resorts

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.

AMOS WEKESA
HON KIWANDA GODFREY SUUBI
BARBRA ADOSO
MARIA BARYOMUJURA

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.

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