During the Easter Weekend, Tourism Enthusiasts were all smiles with their awards that they took home during the second edition of the Ekkula Tourism Awards that took place at the Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala. The accolades that were designed with images of a gorilla were given to different players in the Tourism Industry who emerged winners in different categories. Among these were companies and individuals.
According to Bismac Moses Amumpaire, the accolade was inspired by Kanyonyi, a Silverback Gorrilla that was found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that unfortunately died last year after falling off the tree.
Below is the full list of winners in the winners
Best Cuisine Restaurant: Victoria Cafe
Best Private Cultural Center: Igongo Cultural Center
Best Travel Magazine: The Eye Magazine
Best Wildlife Conservation Center (Private): Kavumba Wildlife Education & Research Education
Best Tourism Blogger/Blog: Sarah Kagingo/Soft Power
Exceptional Tourism Photographer: Herbert Byaruhanga
Finest Traditional Dance Troupe: Rockies Troupe
Best Tourism Promotional/Cultural Fusion Song: Home to Africa-Good Lyfe and PJ Powers
Tourism Destination of the Year: Bwindi Impenetrable-Western Uganda (UWA)
Best Eco/Community Friendly Safari Lodge: Park View Safari Lodge (Queen Elizabeth)
Most Active Tourism Cluster: Kigezi Tourism Cluster
Outstanding Museum: Kikonyongo Money Museum
Exceptional Tourism Journalist: Denis Segoa
Best Supporting Corporate Company: Movit Products.
Most User Friendly Tourism Association: U.H.O.A
Most Adventurous Recreational Center: Extreme Adventure Park – (Busika)
Best Supporting Airlines (Economy Class): Ethiopian Airways.
Best Supporting Airlines (Business Class): Fly Emirates
Outstanding Tourism Personality: Barbrah Adoso
Tourism Event of the Year: KCCA Festival
Best Tourism Ambassador: The Ghetto Kids (Dancers)
Best Supporting Hotel: Serena Hotel Kampala
Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel: Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo
Young Tourism Achiever’s Award: Naminya Saleh (Casa Lodges)
Top Tourism Investor: Ruparelia Group
Lifetime Tourism Achiever’s Award: Ivan Batuma