Speke Resort Munyonyo and Kabira Country Club emerged winner in the categories for Customers’ Favorite Hotel and Best Business Hotel in Uganda 2017, respectively, during the second edition of the Africa Travel Awards held on January 25, 2018 in Kampala.
The awards aim at promoting Uganda’s tourism sector, and respond to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.
The two hotels, which are part of the Ruparelia Group of tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, emerged winners having garnered votes online from the public on top of the judges’ votes. A jury made up of high-level tourism professionals in the country judged the nominated hotels and ultimately decided on the winners.
The hotel category had Speke Resort Munyonyo, Urban By City Blue Kampala, Forest Cottages, Protea Hotel By Marriott Kampala, The Haven, Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort, Malakai Eco Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge and Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi.
Seven categories awarded including: Customer’s Favourite Hotel 2017, Customer’s Favorite Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveller’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Uganda 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Uganda 2017.
Chobe Safari Lodge emerged as best leisure hotel, beating rivals such as Paraa Safari Lodge and Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi.
In the media category, Eagle Online, was among the nominees for the Best Destination Website 2017, while in the airlines category, Emirates Airlines emerged the best beating Fly Dubai, Kenya Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines Rwandair and Etihad Airways.
For the 2018 edition of Jumia Travel Awards, the ceremony was held simultaneously in 8 countries: Uganda, Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania. Kenya will celebrate its Awards on February 1, 2018.
Uganda Country Manager Timothy Mugume said The Jumia Travel Hotel Awards (Uganda Edition) was aimed at recognizing and bringing together key stakeholders in the Uganda Tour and Travel Sector including our Hotel, Flight, Corporate and Media Partners”.