Nominees for Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards Unveiled


UTB's PRO Sandra Natukunda (R), and nominees Sarah KagIngo (C) and Owen Bigombe (2nd L) during the event.
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Organizers of the annual Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards have officially unveiled the list of nominees tipped for the accolades.

The unveiling ceremony was held Wednesday at Skyz Hotel Naguru and was attended by among others nominees, players in the tour and travel sector, media personalities and those in the hospitality business.

Ekkula Awards seek to recognize best performing individuals, entitities and organisationa that have made a significant contribution to Uganda’s tourism industry through their tireless work and efforts.

Some of the notable figures like tourism blogger and media executive, Sarah Kagingo and proprietor of Great Lakes Safaris, Amos Wekesa have been nominated among the the most exceptional social media promoters. The others in the category are Jonathan Bennah and Baluku Geoffrey.

Voting will be conducted online starting March 6 to 27 and the Awards gala is  slated to take place on March 29 at Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

Bismac Moses Amumpaire, the coordinator Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards revealed that 2019 list comes with a multiplicity of categories.

Below is the list of nominees…

1. EXCEPTIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTER.

· JONATHAN BENNAH

· BALUKU GEOFREY

· SARAH KAGINGO

· AMOS WEKESA

2. BEST TOURISM PHOTOGRAPHER

· MO LATIF

· SEBUMMA IVAN

· MATIAS MUGISHA

· PETER HOGEL.

3. MOST ACTIVE TOURISM CLUSTER.

· KIGEZI TOURISM CLUSTER

· WESTNILE

· EASTERN ENTREPRENURSHIP TOURISM NETWORK

· ACHOLI TOURISM CLUSTER

4. FINEST TRADITIONAL DANCE TROUPE.       

· CRANE PERFORMERS

· KIKA DANCE TOUPE

· MIZIZI ENSEMBLE

· ROCKIES TROUPE

5. BEST PRIVATE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER.

· REPTILE VILLAGE

· KAVUMBA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER.

· RHINO FUND UG-ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

· THE CROCODILE FARM. (CAMP CROCS)

6. MOST USER FRIENDLY TOURISM ASSOCIATION

· UGANDA HOTEL OWNERS ASSCOIATION. (UHOA)

· ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA TOUR OPERATORS. (AUTO)

· UGANDA SAFARI GUIDES ASSOCIATION. (USAGA)

§ UGANDA COMMUNITY TOURISM ASSOCIATION. (UCOTA)

7. BEST FOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR.

· ROAST AND RHYME

· FISH FESTIVAL

· ROLEX FESTIVAL

· MUCHOMO FESTIVAL

8. BEST CULTURAL PROMOTIONAL EVENT.

· EKYOTO-INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FAIR

· BAKIGA NATION

· ACHOLI FESTIVAL

· IMBALU CULTURAL FESTIVAL

9. FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR.

· KAMPALA FASHION WEEK.

· ABRAYANZ STYLE AND FASHION SHOW.

· PEARL OF AFRICA FASHION AWARDS

· HOT PINK  CAT WALK-MALENGO

10. OVERALL BEST TOURISM EVENT 2018.

· BAKIGA NATION

· ROLEX FESTIVAL

· NYEGE NYEGE FESTIVAL

· BLANKETS AND WINES.

11. REMARKABLE DIGITAL TRANSPORTER.

· QUICK TAXI

· SAFE BODA

· UBER

· TAXIFY

12. BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR. (DOMESTIC)

· EAGLE AIR

· AEROLINK

· KAMPALA EXECUTIVE AVIATION.

13. BEST AIRLINE OF THE YEAR-INTERNATIONAL (Economy Class.)

· EGYPT AIR

· ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

· QATAR AIRWAYS

· SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS.  

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

· BRUSSLES AIRLINES

· KLM

· ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

· EMIRATES

15. EXCEPTIONAL FAST FOODS RESTAURANT.

· JAVA HOUSE

· KFC

· CHILLIES RESTAURANT

· CAFÉ JAVAS

16. BEST UGANDAN CUISINES RESTAURANT.

· AFRICAN POT

· SHAKA ZULU RESTAURANT

· 2K RESTAURANT

· KEMBABAZI’S RESTAURANT

17. BEST STANDARD SERVICE HOTEL.

· NYANGE RESORT AND MARINA

· WASH AND WHEELS-MBALE

· BOMA HOTEL-GULU

· HOTEL TRIANGLE

18. BEST ECO SAFARI LODGE.

· SERENADA ECO RESORT

· MALAKAI ECO LODGE

· HERITAGE SAFARI LODGE

· PARK VIEW SAFARI LODGE

19. OUTSTANDING NEW HOTEL OF THE YEAR.

· MESTIL

· HOTEL TRIANGLE

· SKYZ HOTEL NAGURU

· GOLDEN TULIP

20. BEST SERVICE AND LUXURY BUSINESS HOTEL.

· IMPERIAL ROYALE

· SHERATON HOTEL

· SPEKE RESORT MUNYONYO

· SERENA HOTEL.

EXCEPTIONAL PERSONALITIES

21. YOUNG TOURISM ACHIEVER.

· ENID MIREMBE (ROLEX FESTIVAL)

· NATALIEY BITATURE (PROTEA/SKYZ)

· NAMINYA SALEH  (CASA DEL TOURISTA)

· OWEN BIGOMBE (BAKIGA NATION)

22. TOURISM AMBASSODOR 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)

23. TOURISM PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR.

· AMOS WEKESA

· HON KIWANDA GODFREY SUUBI

· BARBRA ADOSO

· MARIA BARYOMUJURA

24. LIFETIME TOURISM ACHIEVER
  (TO BE ANNOUNCED AND UNVEILED ON THE AWARDS NIGHT)

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