For their massive investment in the tourism industry, Ruparelia Group has yet again been nominated in the second edition of the significant Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards. The awards are meant to celebrate, motivate and recognize stakeholders in the tourism industry that have selflessly promoted the country as the best travel destination.
Ruparelia Group’s Speke Resort Munyonyo has also been nominated in the same Awards. The winners will be announced on 10th February at Hotel Africana. Speke Resort was nominated in the category of Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel while Ruparelia Group was nominated in category of Top Tourism Investor. Voting is ongoing to choose winners in all 30 categories.
State minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda while recently launching this year’s Awards said government is ready to support private sector initiatives that intend to promote tourism. “Such initiatives will increase the quality of service in tourism industry. This is our subsequent justification of our long term theme of tourism is everybody’s business,” he said.
Greg Petzer, the general manager at Speke Resort Munyonyo explains that Ruparelia Group hotels offer guests a variety of services and leisure activities at reasonable prices which makes them a top destination for tourists. He said they have made themselves available to business and non-business tourists both local and international.
“The guests have appreciated our all-inclusive packages which include, accommodation, meals, boating and horseback ride. We offer a wide range of activities for the leisure market, probably unlike any other resort and / or hotel, thereby offering our valued guests several options within easy access,” Petzer explained.
The Ruparelia Group hotels include Kabira Country Club, Speke Hotel, Speke Apartments, Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Dolphin Suites, Tourist Hotel, Forest Cottages and Speke Resort Bujagali Falls. These facilities is home to millions of tourist who visit Uganda.
Ruparelia Group will be up against Marasa Africa Lodges, Great Lakes Safaris, Wild Places Africa and Imperial Group for the top tourism investor gong while Speke Resort will compete against Kampala Serena Hotel, Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa, Sheraton Hotel and Premium Hotel.
Ruparelia Group and Speke Resort will be aiming to retain these gongs after emerging winner in the last edition in the same categories.
The Ekkula Pearl of Africa Awards is a private sector initiative passionate in promoting tourism in recognizing, awarding and subsequently motivating in the tourism industry annually. The awards will have 30 categories. This year’s theme is “celebrating Uganda”.