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Sudhir Ruparelia Scoops Lifetime Tourism Achiever Award

City Tycoon Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has scooped 2019 lifetime tourism achiever award from Uganda Tourism Board (UTB)for his continued efforts in investing in tourism sector.

Sudhir who owns numerous hotels in the country is expected to inject more $100million into Sese Island hotel this July.

UTB organized the award in a bid to promote local tourism but also to appreciate individuals that have made a significant contribution to the industry. The awards were dubbed the ‘Ekuula Pearl of Africa tourism awards’ and the event took place at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala on Friday.

Sudhir Ruparelia for the love of tourism recently offered to become a lifetime guardian for a chimpanzee at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria.

Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu tourism minister commended Sudhirs offer to be a lifetime guardian for the chimpanzee saying this demonstrates his attachment to tourism and conservation in the country.

Sudhir’s Speke Resort Munyonyo also won the Service & Luxury Biz Hotel award.

The State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda was awarded the Tourism Personality of the year.

Sarah Kagingo, President of Public Relations Association of Uganda took home social media promoter award. Kagingo has used various social media platforms to promote Uganda’s tourism sector.

Below are the winners of Ekkula Tourism Awards;

  • lifetime achiever -Sudhir Ruparelia
  • young tourism achiever- natalie bitature
  • tourism ambassador -zarinah tlale
  • tourism personality – kiwanda godfrey
  • Ugandan cuisines restaurant-shaka zulu
  • standard service hotel – wash &wills
  • ecosafari lodge-seranadaecoresort
  • new hotel of the year- skyz hotel naguru
  • service & luxury biz hotel- speke resort munyonyo
  • domestic charter – aerolink Uganda
  • airline of the year( economy) – ethiopian airlines
  • airline of the year (biz) -emirates
  • fast foods restaurant-cafe javas
  • fashion event -abryanz style & fashion awards
  • overall tourism event -mtn nyege nyege
  • cultural promotional event-bakiga nation
  • food event- rolex festival
  • digital transporter-safeboda
  • traditional dance troupe-kika dance troupe
  • private wildlife conservation centre – rhino fund Uganda(ziwa sanctuary)
  • tourism association- association of uganda tour operators
  • social media promoter-Sarah Kagingo
  • tourism photographer-Mathias Mugisha
  • tourism cluster of the year- Kigezi tourism cluster
  • tour guides-Arshley Brian, ben, Denis Arineitwe

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