The tourism fraternity in Uganda has bid farewell to Stephen Asiimwe who has been chief executive at Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) together with his deputy, John Ssempebwa.
The two were appreciated by sector players for their service, at a farewell party held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday. The event was attended by Minister for Tourism, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, the Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry, Doreen Katusiime and the Board chairman at UTB, Daudi Migereko.
The current chief executive of UTB, Lilly Ajarova made welcome remarks before inviting guests to the sumptous dinner.
Other guests included the South African High Commissioner to Uganda, Retired Maj Gen Solly Leoka Mollo, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya (P.S Ministry of Foreign Affairs), James Tumusiime (former UTB Board Chairman), Yogi Birigwa (Country Manager S.African Airways), Susan Muhwezi (Vice Chairperson of Uganda Tourism Board and Chairperson of Uganda Hoteliers’ Association), Geoffrey Kamuntu and wife, and Amos Wekesa (Great Lakes Safari proprietor.
Several tour operators in the private sector attended as well. Those who spoke lauded Asiimwe and Ssempebwa for their contribution in growing the sector over the recent past.
Stephen Asiimwe has been at the helm of the agency responsible for marketing Uganda’s vast tourism attractions for the last four years.
He was appointed by the former Minister for Tourism, Maria Mutagamba in 2014 from his previous role as the Managing Director of the East African Business Week where he was the Editor-in-chief.