Kagingo, Ghetto Kids, Sudhir win tourism awards

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SoftPower founder, Sarah Kagingo, Ruparelia group and Triplets Ghetto Kids dominated the Pearl of Africa Tourism awards held at the pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala on Thursday.

Kagingo, also the SoftPower News editor was voted the best tourism blogger in Ekkula Pearl of Africa tourism awards.

She received the award from Mr. Sam Mwandha, the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Uganda’s best dance group “Ghetto Kids” were voted Best Tourism Ambassador.

The Ruparelia Group took home the “Top Tourism Investor” accolade.

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Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo also owned by Ruparelia Group was also awarded for “Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel”.

“Victoria Café” also owned by owned by tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia took home the Best Cuisine Restaurant.

Hon. Kiwanda Suubi Godfrey, State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities headlined at the event.

List of winners:

Best Cuisine Restaurant: Victoria Café

Best Private Cultural Center: Igongo Cultural Center

Best Travel Magazine: The Eye Magazine

Best Wildlife Conservation Center- (Private): Kavumba Wildlife Research & Recreation Center

Best Tourism Blogger/Blog: Sarah Kagingo/Soft Power

Exceptional Tourism Photographer: Herbert Byaruhanga

Finest Traditional Dance Troupe: Rockies Troupe

Best Tourism Promotional/Cultural Fusion Song: Home To Africa-Good Lyfe And PJ Powers

Tourism Destination Of The Year: Bwindi Impenetrable-Western Uganda (Uwa)

Best Eco/Community Friendly Safari Lodge: Park View Safari Lodge (Queen Elizabeth)

Most Active Tourism Cluster: Kigezi Tourism Cluster

Outstanding Museum: Kikonyongo Money Museum

Exceptional Tourism Journalist: Denis Segoa

Best Supporting Corporate Company: Movit Products

Most User Friendly Tourism Association: Uganda Hotel Owners Ass.

Most Adventurous Recreational Center: Extreme Adventure Park- (Busika*

Best Supporting Airlines. (Economy Class): Ethiopian Airlines

Best Supporting Airlines. (Business Class): Fly Emirates

Outstanding Tourism Personality: Barbrah Adoso

Tourism Event of the Year: Kcca Festival

Best Tourism Ambassador: The Ghetto Kids-(Dancers)

Best Supporting Hotel: Serena Hotel Kampala

Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel: Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo

Young Tourism Achiever’s Award: Naminya Saleh (Casa Lodges)

Top Tourism Investor: Ruparelia Group

Lifetime Tourism Achiever’s Award: Ivan Batuma

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