Meera Investment Recognized By Business Forum

India Business Forum, the business arm of Indian Association of Uganda has recognized Meera Investment Limited with an award for its outstanding service in the construction and real estate sector in the year 2017.

Meera Investment Limited is a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group owned by Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia. Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia as chairman of the Group received the award on behalf of Meera Investment.

Meera Investment Limited, which employs over 1,500 Ugandan workers in its various projects, has benefited from energetic, principled, and creative leaders at its helm giving birth to high rising multimillion real estate properties in Kampala city some of which houses leading businesses.

“Our clients, contractors, vendors and employees make up a trusted community built upon a foundation of exceptional service, constant communication, transparency and an unconditional commitment to success.” Meera Investment said in a Facebook post.

Meera Investments Ltd incorporated in 1994 is the single largest private property owner in Uganda. Since incorporation it has become the market leader in property development and owns properties, both residential and commercial in prime locations in and around Kampala.

The company has embarked on a number of major projects and is currently carrying out large scale improvements to Speke Resort & Conference Centre and building a new luxury accommodation complex, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, for the 2007 Commonwealth Conference (CHOGM) within the grounds of Speke Resort.

Speke Resort Voted Customer's Favorite Hotel

Speke Resort Munyonyo continues to cement its position as the best hotel in the country after yet again winning another award as the customer’s favorite hotel in Uganda at this year’s Jumia Travel Awards which took place at Mackinnon Suites Kampala.

Ajit Singh, the rooms division manager at Speke resort, described the victory in an interview shortly after being announced winners as ‘a great achievement for us as a hotel’, asserting that they are tirelessly working to keep in the leadership.

“We feel proud that our guests have trusted us and voted as the best hotel in the country. Our infrastructure makes us an appropriate destination for travelers – not only for business travelers but also family and individual travelers,” Singh said.

“We have plenty of options for guests to choose from. Different activities are available. As you know, we are spread on over 96 acres of land with 472 rooms.” He added.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency in Africa, for the second year in a raw has awarded best performing hotels and related stakeholders like airlines at the continental Africa Travel Awards.

The Africa Travel Awards or Jumia Travel Awards aim at promoting Uganda's tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

Kabira Country Club Named Best Business Hotel In Uganda

Jumia Travel Uganda, the leading online travel agency in Africa, on Thursday at the second edition of the Africa Travel Awards named Kabira Country Club the best business hotel in Uganda.

The decision was reached at by a jury of experts in the hotel business and announced at an awards dinner held at Mackinnon Suites Kampala. Kabira beat off competition from some the country’s best high end hotels to bag the gong.

the Africa Travel Awards, also known as Jumia Travel Awards aim at promoting Uganda's tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

A jury panel, made up of high-level tourism professionals in the country, was put together to judge the nominated hotels and ultimately decide on the winners. The jury's decision contributed 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% came from the public through a voting process.

"By organizing these African Travel Awards, our mission is not only to recognize and reward the merit of local tourism stakeholders, but also to provide a credible benchmark for the African tourism industry," said Joe Falter, CEO of Jumia Travel.

Kabira Country Club provides unrivalled luxury and is the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, a holiday location, a memorable wedding setting and a business and conference centre.

“It is a honor that we have got this award; it is because of the support we get from our boss and proprietor of this hotel, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia. It is a stepping stone for the better things to come,” Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira said in an interview.

Forest Cottages Earns Jumia Travel Awards 2018 Nomination

Forest Cottages have yet again earned nomination in this year’s Africa Travel Awards locally referred to as Jumia Travel Awards. Forest Cottages are nominated in the category of Customer’s Favorite Hotel.

The prestigious travels awards are organized by Jumia Travel, ‘a Pan African Online Travel Agency, which simplifies the travel booking experience by allowing users to compare prices and amenities in a fast and secure manner.’

The winners of the African Travel Awards 2018 will be honored during a dinner held on January 25, 2018 simultaneously in Lagos, Algiers, Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Douala, Dar Es Salaam, and Kampala. Forest Cottages are previous winners in the 2017 edition.

The awards aim at promoting Uganda's tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

Also nominated in the Customer’s Favorite Hotel is Speke Resort, Urban By CityBlue Kampala, , 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

Forest Cottages, on Naguru Hill in the Bukoto area of Kampala, are luminously designed luxury cottages set in a serene, African forest environment. Forest Cottages lets you feel the touch of nature in its comfortable and unique environment. It’s accommodations have been carefully landscaped to compliment the huge, shady indigenous trees that surround the area.    

While at Forest Cottages, you will also enjoy all the comforts and conveniences like; internet, telephone, television and locally made furniture. Selectively planted smaller trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike. It’s grounds provide a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as coloured turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species.

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Speke Resort Nominated In Jumia Africa Travel Awards

Speke Resort & Conference Centre, a 5 star hotel in Kampala, Uganda offering customers ultimate in luxury accommodation and leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa, has been nominated in this year’s Africa Travel Awards organized by Jumia Travel.

Speke Resort and Conference Centre, a member of the Speke Group of Hotels owned by the Ruparelia Group, was nominated in the category of Customer's Favourite Hotel. It faces competition from another Speke Group of Hotels subsidiary Forest Cottages.

Others nominated in the category include Urban By CityBlue 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.

Jumia Travel is the number one Pan African Online Travel Agency, which simplifies the travel booking experience by allowing users to compare prices and amenities in a fast and secure manner. Jumia Travel is active in over 40 countries in Africa, with 10 local offices, and more than 400 travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers.

The Africa Travel Awards, also known as Jumia Travel Awards 2018, is supported by tourism organizations and stakeholders such as the Ivorian Ministry of Tourism, the Senegalese Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism of Cameroon, Ivory Coast Tourism, Emirates, Air Coast of Ivory among others.

"By organizing these African Travel Awards, our mission is not only to recognize and reward the merit of local tourism stakeholders, but also to provide a credible benchmark for the African tourism industry," said Joe Falter, CEO of Jumia Travel.

The winners of the African Travel Awards 2018 will be honored during a dinner held on January 25, 2018 simultaneously in Lagos, Algiers, Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Douala, Dar Es Salaam, and Kampala.

Speke Resort Munyonyo which built in 2001 offers the best conferencing facilities for national and international clientele, providing a professional but friendly ambiance. “We offer you a choice of luxury accommodation to suit individuals, couples, families or groups on long or short stays.” A manager of the hhotel said in a previus interview.

The Resort has 59 Presidential suites with a unique blend of traditional Ugandan décor and ultramodern furnishings, in addition to cottages, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments or studio rooms. The hotel has a total of 335 rooms.

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-functional meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10-300 people.

Leisure facilities include, Uganda's only Olympic size swimming pool, an equestrian centre and a choice of fine bars and restaurants, all with different international menus. The Business Centre offers internet surfing, faxing, photocopying and electronic mail services.

The winners of the African Travel Awards 2018 will be honored during a dinner held on January 25, 2018 simultaneously in Lagos, Algiers, Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Douala, Dar Es Salaam, and Kampala.

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What Customers Should Expect At Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort This Christmas Season

Christmas season is a time for families and friends to bond and there is no better place than a classy, cool natural and exquisite place. Daily chores are put aside as friends and families use the festive season to get together.

And for that matter, service providers in the hospitality industry like hotels prepare in time to make life memorable for partiers. One such hotel that has mastered the art of hosting Christmas festivities is Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and Speke Resort.

This Christmas season, the luxurious hotels have lined up a host of activities catering for children fun parties, family get together, romantic dates, weddings, corporate parties and end of year parties.

For starters, the two hotels have slashed charges on accommodation till 7th January to enable their clients have an exciting and unforgettable experience. These start as early as 15th December through to 7th January, 2018. Clients who booked before 30th November, 2017, got a 10 percent discount.

And the main highlight is the customary lunch buffet on Christmas day. The Christmas Lunch Buffet will be a three course menu serving a variety of food and drinks. From our own Ugandan foods and drinks, to Indian, European to contemporary and specials, the buffest will provide a rich menu.

In the spirit of giving, children have been catered for with a lot of fun activities like face painting, boat and pony rides, santa cookies, water slides and water sport among others. Also in partnership with Guido’s Kids Club, a Christmas camp is being organized.

Specifically constructed to host the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort has earned worldwide recognition as ‘the Presidents’ hotel’ for hosting numerous high profile guests, from Heads of State to foreign dignitaries and international celebrities, who consider it a home away from home.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is dedicated to providing unrivalled comfort and unmatched service. The hotel blends of traditional Ugandan and ultra modern furnishings that merge into the Pearl of Africa theme carried through the entire décor.

 

The room features and amenities ensure a seamless transition from pleasure to business and vice versa. The meeting rooms are designed around your convenience and are the ideal choice for any occasion, all under one roof.

Comprehensive wellness and fitness facilities ensure body and mind work in harmony; the strategic location, close to business, shopping and entertainment areas, make it the first choice for leisure and business travelers.

REVIEW: La Cabana Restaurant And The Brazilian Meat Experience

Over the years Chinese and other Far East cuisines have dominated many menus of restaurants in Kampala. These were mainly accessed at high end restaurants in posh suburbs of the city and Uganda’s capital.

But a new comer is changing the game. The coming of La Cabana Restaurant located at Speke Apartments, Wampeweo Avenue has brought a new way of ‘eating meat’. La Cabana has come with what has been termed as the Brazilian Churrusco Meat Experience and it is taking the city by storm.

La Cabana Restaurant is Kampala’s premium and ritzy churrasco grill restaurant in Uganda. And of late it is the place to be. It offers all sorts of meat accompanied by well prepared salads and an assortment of drinks in an environment that oozes class.

While it is largely and famously known for its exotic way of preparing meat, it also caters for vegetarians. La Cabana also has a great bar where the perfect blend of cocktails is the barman’s specialty.

Once you set foot into the expansive restaurant, the aura of finesse meat exuded from customer plates welcomes you. You don’t miss customers lip rollicking with sizeable masses of skewers of pork, top sirloin steak, lamb legs, rock salt pork cubes, BBQ chicken and beer marinated chicken.

“In addition, we have an array of home-made sides to accompany our meats and ensure you, our guests, relish your time with us. Keep your playing cards facing upright and let the food flow,”

“We entreat you to come delight and indulge in an evening of unlimited meats that have been marinated, cooked with full flavour and to perfection by our most senior grill chef.

“While the focus of our menu is meat, vegetarians can also enjoy the all you can eat vegetarian churrasco experience. We offer a range of grilled vegetables, cheeses, bread and salads.

La Cabana is not just about the churrasco experience. We do offer a continental and Indian menu along with a vibrant and snazzy bar where, the perfect blend of cocktails are the barman’s speciality,”

We offer free venues for baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, baptism parties, Christening parties, engagement parties, luncheons and more. We are open every day from 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM.”

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.

Location:  plot 19 -20 (Speke Apartments) Wampewo.

Telephone:  +256702711152

Forest Cottages Lines Up Three Course Xmas Meal For Customers

Forest Cottages, a glowingly designed luxury cottages positioned in a serene Naguru Hills setting in the Bukoto area of Kampala, will treat its customers this Christmas day to a special three course menu at a paltry Shs30, 000 per individual.

“Let us save you the hustle of getting a good meal ready for your family this Christmas. We'll add bliss to your day with a perfect meal, served in a serene environment with twinkly perfection,” said the hotel’s management.

Set in an African forest environment, Forest Cottages, offers comforts and conveniences like internet, telephone, television and locally made furniture. Selectively planted smaller trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike.

Forest Cottages, another of the many hospitality investment owned by the Ruparelia Group, provide a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as coloured turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species. These you can experience with your family and friends.

For bookings, contact +256 414 663 710 or +256 414 287 308 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Commonwealth Resort, Speke Resort Munyonyo Lineup Impressive Christmas Offers, Lunch Buffet

Christmas season is upon us and it is time for festivities, to have fun and show love and care to the people who matter in our lives, those we love and cherish. It is a time to make merry.

To stay true to the tradition, Uganda’s leading luxurious and executive hotels, Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, all owned by the Ruparelia Group, have returned with their now annually Christmas Lunch Buffet.

To complete the package the two hotels have lined up impressive Christmas offers on accommodation and other leisure activities. These start as early as 15th December through to 7th January, 2018. Clients who booked before 30th November, 2017, got a 10 percent discount.

The Christmas Lunch Buffet, which will happen on Christmas Day, 25th December, 2017, will be a three course menu serving a variety of food and drinks. From our own Ugandan foods and drinks, to Indian, European to contemporary and specials, the buffest will provide a rich menu.

Customers who want class, fun and top most customer care on the big day should expect a menu that has foods like golden salad, compound salads, assorted cheese board, cold meat platter, cold seafood counter, condiments, dressings and dip, a variety of soups, breads, hot buffet, pickles, coverings and sauces.

The hotels will also offer live cooking dishes like BBQ grills, Tawa and South Indian counter, pasta counter, Chinese counter served with deserts. This will be served starting from midday to late in the evening. A good lakeside breathe will be such a good feel in the company of good people.

The two sister hotels are offering special festive season rates on accommodation starting from 15th to 23rd December and from 26th to 7th December.

On offer are single deluxe rooms for one guest, double deluxe room for two, one bedroom suites for two, executive rooms for two, executive suites for two, presidential cottages for four and presidential suites for four.

Also available on card from 24th to 25th December are executive Christmas offers. These include single deluxe rooms, double deluxe rooms, one bedroom suite, executive room, presidential cottages for four guests and presidential suite for four guests.

The hotels say an extra person is provided with a mattress on the floor at a charge. All rates include taxes and are on full board basis which means you get breakfast, lunch and dinner but not drinks.

You also get a 30 minute boat ride and 10 minutes pony rides for kids. Residents have access to the swimming pool, gym, steam and sauna rooms.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort was specifically constructed to host the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The resort located on Lake Victoria is dedicated to providing unrivalled comfort and unmatched service.

It has earned worldwide recognition as ‘the Presidents’ hotel’ for hosting numerous high profile guests, from Heads of State to foreign dignitaries and international celebrities, who consider it a home away from home.

Speke Resort Munyonyo like Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage are there for guest's enjoyment.

Other amenities at the hotels include air conditioning, balcony/terrace, desk, telephone can be found in selected guestrooms. Take a break from a long day and make use of private beach, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool and fishing.

Speke Resort Munyonyo, a 5 star hotel in Kampala, is an excellent choice from which to explore Kampala or to simply relax and rejuvenate.

1000 Kasongoire Forest Reserve Encroachers Vacate Voluntarily

By Busiinge George

Over 1000 encroachers who had encroached on Kasongoire central forest reserve have voluntarily vacated it, after being sensitized by National Forestry Authority (NFA). Kasongoire Central forest reserve is located in Budongo and Kyabigambire sub counties in the districts of Hoima and Masindi respectively.

According to Stuart Maniraguha, Range manager in charge of the management of forestry reserves in Bunyoro, the entire forest reserve is surrounded by over 10 villages which include; Kiryabutuzi, Katuugo, Kasongoire, Bugandale, Kiryamyongo, Terera Kisagura, Kimanya, Kyabijwenge among others.

Maniraguha says that all encroachers who had planted food in the reserve were given a period of eight months to harvest their food noting that 275 households had occupied 400 of the 3069 hectares of the forest reserve.

He adds that there has been a challenge of the forest reserve boundary and the neighbouring communities saying that to solve the empathy, they engaged the authorities of Masindi and Hoima and resolved to open the 43 kms boundaries which was done successfully.

He also explains that about half of the 400 hectares which were recovered has been planted with trees noting that this is one of success interventions registered.

Muruli JohnBosco, the forest supervisor, Bujawe beat, says the reserve had been encroached on by tobacco farmers.

However, he adds that to discourage the farmers from growing more tobacco in the reserve they engaged the tobacco companies to sign agreements compelling them not to contract farmers who grow tobacco in the reserve.

Sunday Elisa, a resident of Katuugo village says he vacated the area after he was told that a forest reserve is for tree planting and not for settlement.

Noah Kererali, the chairperson LC1 Katuugo in Kyabigambire Sub County, says some encroachers were misled by the politicians who would tell them not to vacate

 

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