TOURISM: We Can Market Clean Energy Instead Of Miss Curvy Pageant

By Mumbere Edwin Fanta

On February 5th, the state minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda unveiled an initiative in which curvy and sexy Ugandan women will now be listed as some of the items to attract tourists to the pearl of Africa.

However this has caused a backlash where people have shared their thoughts that this is just a sign of moral decadency for the minister to start using curvy women as tourist attractions. Some people are saying that this has reduced women to animals that should be lined for leisure.

It is only a sign of moral decadency for the minister to start using curvy women as tourist attractions yet we can use the solar energy installed in the various tourist hotels that are in and around the national parks .

When tourist come to Uganda, they are coming see how we are beautifully blessed with national resources such as the sun that we have throughout the year which we have used to provide lighting in their hotels.

This is a plus for us because most of the European and Asian countries have got polluted air and some are still using coal to generate power which has it negative impacts to their lives.

If we can use the solar energy carefully, we can lure thousands and thousands of tourist since they come to Uganda to not only visit the various national parks but to also look at the various options that we have in Uganda that can implemented in their countries.

Therefore we can rebrand the miss curvy Uganda tourism promotion with clean energy such as solar since the world is now turning to the use of clean energy and this will bring in tourist since it has negative impacts to the environment and animals and this what the tourist are interested in.

Mumbere Edwin Fanta

AFEIGO FIELD OFFICER –KASESE

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.

La Cabana Restaurant Set For Christmas Fest

For those people who are not traveling out of Kampala this festive season, La Cabana Restaurant, located at Speke Apartments, Wampeweo Avenue, the home of Brazilian Churrusco Meat Experience, is the place to spend your christmas day.

La Cabana Restaurant, Kampala’s premium and ritzy churrasco grill restaurant, has planned christmas fest on christmas day with a rich and expansive menu which every lover of fine food will find fascinating.

At the christmas fest, customers will be treated to a hot buffet of zanzibar fish curry, big in blanket, brussel sprouts, onion rice, potato wedges, gonja, sweet potato fries, assorted indian breads, matooke, gnut sauce, cranberry sauce and gravy.

The bread counter will have bread rolls and cheesy bread rolls while the carvery will have roast turkey, leg of lamb, beef sirlionsteak and bbq chicken drumsticks.

The dressings and dips will have garlic mayo, homemade barbeque, balsamic, olive oil and dijon mustard. The dessert have been well thought of and will have grilled pineaple, variety of pastries and cakes.

For the lovers of salads, the salad bar has been well stocked with grilled green beans, grilled carrots, grilled courgette, mixed vegetables, honey glazed onion, creamy broccoli, potato salad, tomato and pineaple salad, pasta salad, coleslow salad, roasted corn salad and red cabbage.

All these finese will come at an affordable cost of Shs125, 000 for adults whil kids will get a 50 percent discount. Also customers will get free access to the swimming pool.

Speke Apartments, where La Cabana Restaurant is located, is the largest and most luxurious apartments in Uganda.  It is a mix of modern contemporary surroundings and a relaxing, laid back environment to ensure that Speke Apartments is the finest choice for both business and pleasure accommodation.

Speke Apartments offer spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms, designed to make you feel at home. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, these full furnished apartment have all you could possibly need in modern accommodation in Kampala.

 

Jumia Launches Africa Hospitality Report 2018/19, What It Says

The 2nd edition of Jumia’s Africa Hospitality Report looks at the 2017/2018 trends in the continent’s tourism, travel, hospitality and aviation industries.

It sheds light on the impressive growth that Africa’s travel and tourism industry has recorded through in 2017 and 2018 with an increase in international arrivals.

The Jumia Hospitality Report further underlines the industries’ contribution to the economy, underlying challenges and the potential for future growth, as African tourism becomes of age.

“The African market for online travel is still nascent with undoubted prospects. We are proud to once again produce a comprehensive report that highlights the diverse aspects of both the hospitality and aviation industries in Africa. This has been made a success by the input of our partners,” remarks Joe Falter, CEO of Jumia Travel & Food.

A changing domestic travel landscape Although the continent receives only 5% of all the international arrivals, Africa’s travel and tourism industry continues to record impressive growth over the years.

In 2017, the continent hit a 63 million high in international tourist arrivals as compared to 58 M in 2016 (+ 9% vs 2016). As a result of affordability and ease of travel, domestic travel is growing in Africa, recording a high of 60% in local spending as compared to 40% in international spending.

The UNWTO’s Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili explains the change in domestic travel landscape in Africa, noting that “people’s movement is no longer a luxury set aside for the few with high per capita income but a basic need for the ever increasing majority of the middle class who create and shape the future generation entrepreneurs.

A growing middle class is a sign of a robust economy. The existence of domestic tourists who have more money to spend at their disposal and thus willing to December 13, 2018 travel more, has led to the mushrooming of low cost airlines, upward growth of bed capacity in main cities, flourishing of the so called shared economy etc”.

The AU e-Passport and the creation of visa upon arrival, e-visa and visa-free travel for African citizens in line with the concept of unrestricted movement of persons, goods and services across the countries remains a strong driving factor to the growth of domestic travel.

Africans now do not require a visa to travel to 25% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in 24% of other African countries, while still a dominant 51% of African countries need Africans to have visas to travel. The report also breaks down the percentages of the various sources of traffic on Jumia.

The high record in the mobile as a source of traffic is perhaps as a result of the increasing adoption of smartphones in Africa, which stands at 34% in 2018. 61% of the travellers are using a smartphone to book their hotel or flight on Jumia Travel.

The African traveller still opts to Pay-at-Hotel as the mode of payment (65%) in 2018, even as trust for Credit & Debit Card increases to 21% from 15% in 2017. Africa’s Aviation Industry Africa’s air passenger traffic share is only 2.2% of the world total with 88.5 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 6.6% from 2016.

It is expected to grow by 4.9% annually over the next 20 years, creating enormous opportunities for the continent’s airlines to grow.

Addressing how to competitively position Africa’s airlines in the global aviation market, IATA’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aeropolitical Affairs Raphael Kuuchi stipulates that “the sustainable growth of African airlines traffic lies in removing the bottlenecks to effective connectivity, lowering industry operating cost and developing commercial cooperation among airlines.

With the assurance of safety, security, competitive operating environment, ease of market access and visa facilitation, Africa’s share of passenger traffic will exceed 320 million by 2037,” he concludes.

Christmas Season: Speke Resort, Munyonyo Commonwealth In Cut Rates

The Christmas season is a good time to wind up the year in style with family and friends. It is also a good time to discover and enjoy some of the finer things in life. At this time of the year services providers are in their generous mood.

As it has been become a culture, Speke Resort and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort are offering Festive Season Accommodation Packages – discounts on accommodation on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. The discounts are even juicier between 14th - 23rd December and 26th to 6th January.

“Here comes the best part of the year when we all plan to enjoy happy moments with our family, friends and dear ones. At Speke Resort & Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort we understand what our valuable guests want from us, considering which we have come up with accommodation package that includes almost everything for this Festive Season.” The Rooms Division Manager, hotels' Ajit Singh said.

On 24th and 25th December, single deluxe room for one guest and full board will cost $176; double deluxe room for two people, will go for $262; one bedroom suite for two people at $293; superior room for two people at $324 and executive room for two people at $324. The executive suite, for two people at$520, presidential cottage for two people $647 and Presidential suite for four people at 832.

Between 14th and 23rd December and 26th  and 6th  January 2019, single deluxe room for one person will go for 139, double deluxe will go for $188, one bedroom suite $219, superior room is at $250, executive room at $250, executive suite at $436, presidential suite at $498 and the presidential cottage at $684

All rates are on full board basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner but no drinks). It also comes with a 30 minutes boat ride and 10 minutes pony ride for kids. Guests have access to swimming pool, gym steam and sauna. An extra person in the room is allowed but at a cost.

 

Businessman Sudhir Receives East Africa Book of Records Leadership Award

Businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia Friday received the prestigious East Africa Book of Records Award at Kabira Country Club in Kampala. The regional awards recognizes excelling and exemplary leaders in East Africa.

The businessman whose investment interests range from insurance, real estate, entertainment, hotels, resorts, education and agriculture was voted the winner of this year’s East Africa Book of Records winner.

His experience in business leadership has inspired many people in the East African region and beyond and for that matter the profilers of the East African Book of Records saw it fit to bestow him that honour.

The East African Book of Records said Dr. Ruparelia joins a number of other personalities including Presidents Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, who have received similar awards before.

Dr. Ruparelia has risen from a youthful Ugandan exiled in London driving taxi to one of the richest Africans. Hi businesses employee close to 10,000 people directly and indirectly. He is an inspiration to many aspiring entrepreneurs on the African continent.

 In his acceptance speech, the business thanked the government for an enabling business environment before throwing in a word of inspiration to the guests who attended the event.

“Have a strong foundation. You build on the foundation. No need to aim too high where you can’t reach. Aim where you can reach and then aim for the next level, then next level and eventually the sky is the limit,” he told guests.

Electrifying The Deserts Of Africa

By Akani Chauke

During last week's Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference, Solarplaza unveiled 'The Solar Future: Deserts of Africa', a new platform aimed at exploring the opportunities that accompany solar PV development in Africa's deserts. This new two-day event will be hosted in Dakar, Senegal on 13-14 March 2019.

"At Solarplaza, we want to facilitate the solar energy sector by expanding into new markets early on, markets that capture both opportunities and challenges. We believe that, by launching our African desert platform, we keep true to our mission of positively impacting the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition," said Lydia van Os, Africa Lead and Project Manager at Solarplaza.

With a dispersed, but rapidly growing population, desert countries will need to tap into a combination of solar solutions, such as utility-scale power plants, mini-grids and off-grid applications, to create impact in regions that are disproportionately affected by climate change.

Fully realizing the true solar potential of the deserts of Africa will require a vast effort, one that will need to align visionary governments, courageous development finance institutions, pioneering investors and experienced developers. Solarplaza seeks to support these efforts by creating the right platforms, like The Solar Future: Deserts of Africa, for these parties to meet, share ideas and form effective partnerships.

As a preparation for this event, Solarplaza sought to take stock of the past, current and future initiatives related to the development of solar capacity in the African deserts, in order to provide context to the discussion we'll aim to incite during the event.

All of these desert solar initiatives as well as solar energy developments on a country level can be found in the brand new 'Desert Solar' report (Africa.TheSolarFuture.com/desert-solar-white-paper ).

For the purposes of this report, namely determining the scope and scale of renewable energy ambitions in the region, the report included both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power initiatives and projects.

African Financial Alliance on Climate Change Unveils Guiding Principles

The African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) unveiled its guiding principles at the recently concluded Africa Investment Forum. Launched in June 2018, AFAC aims to increase financial sector participation in climate action, in order to raise the share of investments that support low-carbon and climate-resilient development in Africa.

Its Steering Committee, which provides overall direction and guidance, is constituted to ensure representation by key institutions within the African financial sector, namely central banks, insurance companies, sovereign wealth and pension funds, stock exchanges and commercial and development banks.

AFAC will mobilize private capital ?ow towards continent wide low-carbon and climate-resilient development, addressing four key areas:  knowledge sharing, instruments, disclosures, and risks and opportunities that are fit for the African ecosystem. Additionally, AFAC will help to position and align African financial actors as key stakeholders in the evolving global climate finance architecture, by proposing solutions and attracting capital for Africa's climate actions that support the Paris Agreement.

Commenting on AFAC, Bank's President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said, "Africa's financial actors need to work together creatively to mobilize global financial resources at scale to support local innovations that drive climate-resilient and low-carbon development on the continent. Having been short-changed by climate change, Africa must not be short-changed by climate finance."

In his address, Lord Nicholas Stern, the Steering Committee's Chair, said, "Failure to reach the Paris targets would be deeply damaging for the world as a whole, but more so for Africa. This Alliance is an important initiative for engaging Africa's financial sector to drive climate action. AFAC will form a vital foundation for climate-related governance, strategy, and risk-reward metrics towards low carbon and climate-resilient investments."

Also present at the unveiling, Rwanda Finance Minister Hon. Uzziel Ndagijimana lauded AFAC as instrumental in defining pathways that would help direct financial ?ows towards Africa's Nationally Declared Contributions and SDGs.

The Africa Investment Forum is an initiative of the African Development Bank organized in partnership with Africa Export-Import Bank, African Finance Corporation, Africa50, Development Bank of Southern Africa, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Trade and Development Bank.

The innovative marketplace is dedicated to advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.

Tagore Living Apartments Are Now Up For Sale

Constructing a home, let alone finding an already built home, can be a daunting task. It is trouble chasing masons and engineers at the construction site to do the right job and designs yet not many good looking finished houses are available on the market.

Meera investments, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, is bridging this gap by putting on the market well-furnished and elegant apartments on the market. Meera investments is now selling the elegant Tagore Living apartments located in the upscale area of Kamwokya.

Tagore has been carefully designed to create a welcoming community, providing fully accessible facilities for residents. Full-time court staff, together with care and support services that give you total peace of mind.

“Our facilites include 24 hour Surveillance CCTV Cameras, Standby Generator, Fire Fighting Equipment and Escape Routes, Wi-fi Internet, Car Lifts, Cable digital T.Vs connected in the living and bedrooms as well as Electrical Door Bells,” an official said.

Tagore Investments offers buyers a unique and one-off opportunity to invest in a development either as a long term rentable investment or live in. The Plot on which Tagore sits is connected to Kamwokya and the business streets of Kisementi with a beautiful landscape park that can be viewed from the community

The two bedroom apartment comes with a kitchen, living & dining room, a master bedroom (20.5m2) and one other bedroom (18m2) and a terrace (6.4m2). The three bedroom apartment has a kitchen, living & dining room, a master bedroom (20.6m2) and 1 other bedroom (19.2m2) and a terrace (7m2).

Global Hotel Awards Say Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Best In Africa

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, a five star luxurious hospitality facility on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kaampala, won best Luxury Hotel & Conference Centre in Uganda (country category) at at this the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 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.

In Uganda, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, a member of the Speke Group of Hotels owned by the Ruparelia Group, offers the best luxurious accommodation, restaurant services & state of art conference rooms for meetings. The hotel also has a number of presidential suites.

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