Environment Minister Blames Lower Local Governments

By George Busiinge

The State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu has blamed environmental protection agencies in lower local governments for failing to utilize their mandate to protect forests, wetlands and other ecological sensitive areas from destruction.

Addressing a regional dialogue on the assessment of the underlying issues affecting environment at the Hoima district headquarters in Kasingo Thursday afternoon, Kitutu said the environment act empowers local government officials to protect forests and wetlands but this is not being done.

She directed the district environment officers to work with district leaders and environmental police to evict forest and wetland encroachers in the region. She warned leader’s against settling immigrants in forests and wetlands saying Bunyoro risks turning into a semi-arid area in the near future if trees are not protected.

Meanwhile, the executive director of NEMA Dr. Tom Okurut appealed to the district leaders to take special interest in administering express penalties to those carrying out illegal activities in wetlands and forests. He said the authority is working with the ministry to enact a revised environmental act which will address the weak penalties in the current law.

Joseline Nyangoma, the Hoima district senior environment officer said limited funding, uncoordinated operations and limited political will was to blame for forest and wetland destruction. The leaders resolved to embrace their roles in management of wetlands, noise pollution, waste and fragile ecosystem.

 

 

Speke Resort Munyonyo Named Best Luxurious Hotel

With each passing day, Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort are tightening their grip on the hotel business market leadership.

The lavish resorts were yet again named the Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel in the country at the annual Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards which happened in Kampala. This is the third time in a row that they are winning this award.

Speke Resort Munyonyo general manager Greg Petzer speaking to this website shortly after the victory said they are inspired by their customers to keep at the top. “We want to give them the best. We work as a team to achieve this.” Petzer said.

Ekkula Tourism Awards recognizes and awards key Stakeholders in Uganda's Tourism Industry. It is the biggest Annual Tourism Event which celebrates the best players in the tourism industry. This is the third year the Awards are being organized in the same spirit.

 

Ruparelia Group Named Top Tourism Investor In Uganda

When you do good things, you get rewarded as an appreciation a job well done. And Ruparelia Group is receiving just that for it mammoth investment in the growing tourism sector in Uganda.

The Group owned by businessman Sudhir Ruparelia was crowned ‘Top Tourism Investor’ in Uganda at the annual and prestigious Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards.

The announcement and recognition was made at the award giving ceremony which took place at Pearl of Africa hotel in Kampala. Hon Kiwanda Godfrey, state minister of tourism wildlife and antiquities was the guest of honor.

Ruparelia Group investments in Uganda's tourism sector has seen it inject money in setting up resorts, hotels, restaurants and residential classy apartments in and around the country.

Some of the officials who run Ruparelia Group hotels

Some of these 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 Fall.

The Group offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities and the finest conference and business meeting venues in Uganda, along with related businesses including a rafting company and a radio station that has for years rocked the airwaves in Uganda.

The Ekkula Tourism Awards recognised key players in the tourism industry at Pearl of Africa Hotel. The organizers used accolades made out of images of Kanyonyi which was a lead silverback gorilla of the Mubare group (bwindi’s first habituated family) who died towards the end of 2017.

Kanyonyi first fell off a tree, but while he was recovering after treatment, a lone silverback fought with him because he wanted to take over his group. He later succumbed to the injuries.

Victoria Café Wins Best Cuisine Award

Victoria Café, a new property under Ruparelia group, was won the Best 2018 Cuisine Award at the Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards due to its delicious “Local, Indian, International and its own made Cuisines”

The fancy café located in the heart of Kampala at the Victoria Tower on Jinja road, according Vismay Maniyar, a manager, has a rich menu in the most conducive environment.

“We serve breakfast, pastry’s, yummy wraps, light bites, salads, burgers and sandwiches, classic big meals, thirst quenchers, hot beverages, desserts and so much more, Maniyar, who also manages Kabira Country Club said.

“Victoria Cafe’s layout also provides the flexibility for you to entertain any theme you have in mind, be it for a private party, birthday, bridal shower, baby shower or any other party (no venue charges).

The vibe here is young with a strong student influence from Victoria University; it’s both an easy going daytime spot and a party place after sunset.”

Our 2017 cuisine campaigns at Victoria café grew with new cuisine developments and innovations in the food industry which have really pushed the levels of our recognition and good food service to the final stage of winning the mentioned award.

 

Little Hands Go Green Ambassadors Selected Ahead Of Kids’ Climate Conference

The build up to this year’s International Children’s Climate Change Conference to be held on Friday 20th April 2018 at Ntinda School for the Deaf is taking shape and getting the needed momentum.

Little Hands Go Green, the organizers of the climate change conference targeting children in Uganda and East Africa, on March 26th, joined their partner Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) at the Environmental Champions Award Ceremony which was held at Kitante Primary School.

At the ceremony, outstanding children were selected and crowned as Little Hands Go Green Ambassadors in their Schools. And 10 of the best school exhibitions highlighting this year's conference theme of End Plastic Pollution, Restore Wetlands and Protect Nature will be showcased at this year's conference.

The Director Education Services at KCCA commended Little Hands Go Green for their continued partnership with KCCA ‘in greening up’ schools and fostering sound environmental practice in schools.

The CEO of Little Hands Go Green Joseph Masembe thanked the environmental patrons of the schools for ‘continuously helping to drive and support the children in environmental conservation education even when it is not part of the formal education curriculum.’

This year's International Children's Climate change conference in April will be   Uganda's main celebration of World Earth Day and is organized in proud partnership with NEMA the Earth Day Network, KCCA, NFA and the ministry of water and environment.

This year’s International Children’s Climate Change Conference will look at curbing pollution of the environment using plastic wastes, restoring of wetland and planning for and protection of the environment for future use.

Masembe says the theme and the conference are timely and comes at a time when stakeholders are trying to enforce some of the country’s laws to safeguard the environment.

Enjoy Unique Easter Holiday At Forest Cottages

This Easter, treat yourself to something unique and classy without necessarily traveling out of town. Forest Cottages is making it easy and affordable with an amazing assortment of Easter packages.

The hotel, located at Plot 17/18, Naguru Hill- Old Kira Road, Bukoto, Kampala, kicks off its Easter celebration on 29th March

Get ready for a unique and extraordinary experience when you choose to stay with us this Easter Holiday, The Cottage Easter pack at just $120 (Inc. of tax) is the perfect treat for you.

with discounted Easter offers on accommodation - deluxe rooms are going for $100 while a one bedroom cottage is going for $120 per night. The offer includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The offer on accommodation ends on 2nd April.

The hotel is also offering an Easter three course dinner at only Shs45, 000 for adults and Shs25, 000 for kids. The offer comes with complimentary wine for adults and a soft drink or ice cream for the todler.

“Get ready for a unique and extraordinary experience when you choose to stay with us this Easter Holiday,” Dhaval Machhar, the General Manager of Forest Cottages said.

"Choose happiness and spend this special holiday with us. We have plenty of activities planned for you including jumping castles, eggs painting and more,”

We give you mouthwatering meals, a variety of drinks in a serene setting. The Idea Location for your dinners, parties, home from home and more.” He added.

IRENA to Help Deliver Low-Carbon 2022 Winter Olympics In Zhangjiakou, China

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has today signed a co-operation agreement with the People’s Government of Hebei Province, China to provide the city of Zhangjiakou with a renewable energy roadmap that will support its ambition to deliver a low-carbon Winter Olympics in 2022.

The agreement will also help the city become China’s first energy transition pilot city. As co-host of the Winter Olympics with Beijing, Zhangjiakou aims to generate 50 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2020.

The agreement, signed by IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin and the Governor of Hebei Province, Xu Qin, will support the establishment of a ‘low-carbon Olympic zone’ in Zhangjiakou, with plans for both the Olympic centre and Olympic stadiums to be powered by renewable energy. IRENA will also provide strategic advice in the context of the development of an International Center for Renewable Energy Industry Innovation in Zhangjiakou City.

“China has made remarkable progress in the pursuit of renewable energy and in the transition towards a modern energy system,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin at the signing of the Memoradum of Understanding. “From renewable energy adoption to technological innovation – China is emerging as a leader of the new energy economy and a key actor in energy transformation.

“The pursuit of a low-carbon Winter Olympics in 2022 will not only support China’s ambition to lower harmful emissions, but it will also see them pioneer a movement towards the cost-effective decarbonisation of the world’s greatest spectacles,” continued Mr. Amin. “This agreement reflects the Agency’s deepening cooperation with China and will facilitate a positive, two-way exchange of expertise and knowledge.”

Governor of Hebei Province, Mr. Xu Qin said:”President Xi Jinping’s strategic vision for an ecological civilization has significantly advanced environmental protection in China, greatly benefiting Chinese people whilst representing China’s contribution to global green development.

Hebei Province will realise the vision proposed by President Xi, by prioritising ecological protection and exercising green development, as we expedite the speed at which we build a beautiful Hebei.

“With abundant renewable energy resources - particularly the area of Zhangjiakou City – the potential of this cooperation with IRENA is broad and bright,” Mr Xu continued. “As both sides work to advance R&D, technology innovation and the broader development of the renewable energy industry, this will support our planning for a low-carbon Winter Olympic Games.”

The Games will be the first major global sporting event held in China since the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Co-host Zhangjiakou, located approximately 200 kilometers from Beijing, has been identified as having a strong renewable energy resource endowment, with abundant wind, solar and biomass potential in the region.

Between 2012 and 2016 China witnessed a 10-fold increase in solar energy adoption, and in 2017 alone, it added 53 GW of PV. China announced an intention to invest USD 361 billion in renewable power generation by 2020. China chaired IRENA’s 14thand 15thCouncil Meetings and is President of the Agency’s 9thMeeting of the Assembly in January next year.

Environment Friendly Sheraton Celebrates Earth Hour

Sheraton Kampala Hotel went dark for one hour on March 24 to shine a light on climate action in support of Earth Hour 2018.

The hotel joined millions around the world in turning off its lights at 8:30 p.m. local time to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created the annual global environmental awareness event 11 years ago to emphasize the threat of climate change.

Sheraton Kampala Hotel participated by turning off exterior signage lighting, turning off non-essential interior lighting, using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars, and using in-room voicemail messages and in-room television messages to inform guests about Earth Hour observances. The Hotel also participates in Marriott International’s drive to raise funds for WWF.

“It’s a privilege for us to support Earth Hour because it echoes Marriott International’s global focus on the environment” said Jean Philippe Bittencourt the General Manager Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

“Today, business plays a critical role in taking on our world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, including climate change. Earth Hour reflects a philosophy we aim to practice year-round through our sustainability & social impact platform, Serve 360.” Bittencourt added.

Speke Resort Munyonyo To Defend EkkulaTourism Award

Speke Resort Munyonyo has yet again been nominated in the annual Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards in the category of Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel. The five star hotel now faces a task to defend the accolade they have won at last two previous editions.

Ekkula Tourism Awards recognizes and awards key Stakeholders in Uganda's Tourism Industry. It is the biggest Annual Tourism Event which celebrates the best players in the tourism industry. This is the third year the Awards are being organized in the same spirit.

This year, Speke Resort Munyonyo faces competition from Pearl of Africa Hotel, Serena Hotel Kampala and Kampala Sheraton Hotel in the category of Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel.

Speaking to this website at last year’s awards giving ceremony, Speke Resort Munyonyo general manager Greg Petzer attributed their success to team work and meeting customer expectations.

“We are happy it is paying off in such a manner. We do a lot of training, we invest money, time and effort in the human resource side of our product,” Petzer stated in an interview.

He said the hotel management works ‘closely with government’ in terms of meeting the guidelines that have been set out for the hotel business throughout East Africa.

“We have a lot of repeat guests who stay with us; what I have noticed over the years is that guests rely on our services and the standards when they are traveling.”

State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Godfrey Suubi Kiwanda speaking at Uganda Media Center to launch the Awards said the initiative promotes and increases quality of services and encourages healthy competition in the industry.

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Ruparelia Group Investment In Tourism Earn Ekkula Nomination

Ruparelia Group, which boosts of over ten hotels, resorts, apartments and restaurants, was nominated in this year’s Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards in recognition of their relentless investment made to progress the tourism sector in the country.

Ruparelia Group was nominated in the Top Tourism Investor category which they won in the inaugural Ekkula Tourism Awards, in 2016. They will have to tussle it with Wild Places Africa, Marasa Africa Lodges and Uganda Lodges.

Some of the hotels that are owned by Ruparelia Group 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 Fall.

The Group offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities and the finest conference and business meeting venues in Uganda, along with related businesses including a rafting company and a radio station that has for years rocked the airwaves in Uganda.

State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Godfrey Suubi Kiwanda speaking at Uganda Media Center to launch the Awards said the initiative promotes and increases quality of services and encourages healthy competition in the industry.

He explained that this increase in quality of services promotes Uganda as the Best Travel Destination Globally. VOTE FOR RUPARELIA GROU HERE

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