As Ykee Benda was busy making history at Kampala Serena Hotel last Friday evening, Tourism players were also being rewarded for the awesome work they have been doing throughout the year during the 4th edition of the Ekkula Tourism Awards held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
The awards brought together key players and influencers within Uganda’s tourism sector, including the state minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, Executive director of Uganda Wildlife Authority Samuel Mwandha and the Chief Executive of Uganda Tourism Board Lily Ajarova among others.
The evening saw different players in the Tourism Industry walk home with different accolades. Some of the winners included Sudhir Ruparelia who took home the Lifetime Tourism Achiever of the year award, Nyege Nyege Festival winning the Best Overall Tourism event, Rolex Festival scooping the Best Food Event, Finest traditional dance troupe going to Kika Dance Troupe, Bakiga Nation winning the Best promotional culture event and Shaka Zulu being the Uganda Cuisine restaurant of the year.
The guest of honor was the deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Olanya and his presence gave the event a lot of recognition.
Other winners of the day include:-
Exceptional Social Media Promoter.
Best Tourism Photographer
Most Active Tourism Cluster.
Kigezi Tourism Cluster
Best Private Wildlife Conservation Center.
Rhino Fund Ug-Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Most User Friendly Tourism Association
Association Of Uganda Tour Operators. (Auto)
Fashion Event Of The Year.
Abrayanz Style And Fashion Show.
Remarkable Digital Transporter.
Best Airline Of The Year. (Domestic)
Best Airline Of The Year-International (Economy Class.)
Best Airline Of The Year-International (Business Class.)
Exceptional Fast Foods Restaurant.
Best Standard Service Hotel.
Wash And Wills Hotel Mbale .
Best Eco Safari Lodge.
Serenada Eco Resort
Outstanding New Hotel Of The Year.
Skyz Hotel Naguru
Best Service And Luxury Business Hotel.
Speke Resort Munyonyo
Speacial Service Recognition
Mr Stephen Assimwe.
Young Tourism Achiever.
Nataliey Bitature (Protea Hotel/Skyz Hotel)
Tourism Ambassodor Of The Year.
Zari Hassan (Socialite, Goodwill Ambassador)
Tourism Personality Of The Year.
Hon Kiwanda Godfrey Suubi
Ekkula Awards were formed to recognize, inspire and motivate key tourism players in the tourism industry and this year’s edition was running under the theme ‘‘Sharing our Cultural Diversity Through The Digital Transformation For Bigger Tourism Numbers.’’