Eve Mbasabye

Eve Mbasabye

TOURISM: Ruparelia To Add Another Five Star Hotel Facility

Uganda Tourism sector is exponentially growing and investors are loving it as they are continuing to inject their investment into the sector.

One such investor who understands the tourism sector and loves lavishing it by making huge industry changing investment is Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia of Speke Group of Hotels under the Ruparelia Group.  

And as the year 2019 is taking off, Dr. Ruparelia has some good news for the industry – he will in the not distant future launch a new magnificent five star resort in Entebbe. The businessman early this week unveiled artists drawing of the upcoming breathtaking resort. The name of the resort is Speke Resort and Convention Centre, Entebbe.

The artist’s impression, according to journalist Muhereza Kyamutetera, shows there will be a marina, a convention centre and a 3-winged main hotel block, with up to 10 visible floors penthouse suites on the top floor.  

Ruparelia Group under Speke Group of Hotels has facilities Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kabira Country Club, Speke Hotel, Dolphin Suites, Tourist Hotel, Forest Cottages, Speke Resort Bujagali Falls and the recently expanded Speke Apartments.

According to Kyamutetera, this revelation has already excited the tourism sector with people like Amos Wekesa, founder and CEO Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges Limited, describing it as “trailblazing”

“That is a fantastic facility that they are going to put up. Entebbe has been lacking a 5-star hotel with a marina, and conferencing facilities. The development of a marina is an additional plus, because the truth is that Uganda’s waters, especially Lake Victoria have not been exploited,” Wekesa told Kyamutetera in an interview.

Jean Byamugisha, the Executive Director Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) said the the hotel facility has come at the right time because it create job and skills transfer and offer variety to guests.

“This will grow the economy of Entebbe and boost its quest to become the second city in Uganda. We need many more 5 star establishments to favorably compete with our neighbours in Nairobi and Kigali as the MICE destination of choice in East and Central Africa,” she added.

Katuntu Too Busy To Fight For Cosase Leadership

The Chairperson of the Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) Abdu Katuntu has said he is too busy to fight for the leadership of the Committee and isn’t interested in debating the missing reports of state agencies.

Katuntu made the remarks Tuesday, after meeting with officials from Bank of Uganda as he addressed journalists at Parliament saying that when the time of COSASE elapses, they will pack up their bags and leave for the new team to take charge.

“When our time elapses, we shall go. We aren’t going to rush anything, if our term elapses, we shall go. This thing isn’t about me or us, that decision will be taken by the leaders of the opposition and Parliament and I just don’t want to get involved in it because I am a busy man,” Katuntu said.

Cosase famously came into the spotlight when it began investing Bank of Uganda irregularly sale of seven commercial banks following a report by the auditor general indicating that the central bank had made mistakes in the processes of closing down these banks.

Katuntu’s tenure as cosase chairperson is set to expire on January 13 but speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga extended it to February 20 something that has not gone down well with opposition politicians.

PHOTOS: Vice Chancellor Dines With Victoria University Excelling Students

Motivation is a big aspect of learning and it comes in all types, shapes and approach. For Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, a dinner at a cozy restaurant or hotel gives him the chance to bond and inspire and motivate his best performing students.


And as it is becoming a routine, the Vice Chancellor on Friday, at Fang Fang restaurant, hosted the annual Vice Chancellors Dinner 2018 in honor of best performing students with CGPA 4.4 and above from different faculties.


The sumptous dinner is attended by Victoria University students, Vice Chancellor, Academic Registrar, the University Promoter Rajiv Ruparelia and Naiya K Ruparelia, Faculty Deans and the marketing team of the University.


Last year over 20 students who performed well in various exams were treated to a sumptuous dinner at Nanjing Restaurant in Kampala. The University said this is one way of motivating students to perform well.

The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, recognized the good performance of Best performing students that got first class CGPA to motivate them. “The overall intention of this diner is to thank and motivate the best performing students to keep performing well.

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Speke Resort Wins Global Luxury Hotel Award

Speke Resort Munyonyo recently announced they had received recognition from The World Luxury Hotel Awards. “We are pleased to announce that we are 2018 Winners at the recently concluded World Luxury Awards! Thanks to all those who voted and the unending support,” Speke Resort wrote on their social media pages.

Greg Petzer, General Manager, Speke Resort Munyonyo, when contacted said they have received communication from The World Luxury Hotel Awards. They now wait for the awards ceremonial night which happen on 10, November at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are voted for by the public and are awarded to luxury hotels or hospitality groups across 99 different categories, presented on a regional, continental, global and country basis, with one hotel receiving the overall global accolade.

World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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