The 2019 Ekkula Tourism Awards took place last Friday (March 29, 2019) at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.
The awards, now in their fourth year, are aimed at recognizing and awarding key stakeholders in Uganda’s Tourism Industry.
This year’s edition of the awards ran under theme, “Sharing our cultural diversity through the digital transformation for bigger tourism numbers”.
The awards ceremony was graced by among others Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubi and Uganda Tourism Board CEO Lilly Ajarova.
Here is the full list of winners:
Exceptional Social Media Promoter.
Best Tourism Photographer
Most Active Tourism Cluster.
Kigezi Tourism Cluster
Finest Traditional Dance Troupe.
Kika Dance Toupe
Best Private Wildlife Conservation Center.
Rhino Fund Ug-Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Most User Friendly Tourism Association
Association Of Uganda Tour Operators. (Auto)
Best Food Event Of The Year.
Fashion Event Of The Year.
Abrayanz Style And Fashion Show.
Overall Best Tourism Event
Nyege Nyege Festival
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 Ugandan Cuisines Restaurant.
Shaka Zulu 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
Lifetime Tourism Achiever.
Mr Sudir Ruparelia.