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The 2017 edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo climaxed with recognizing the 25 best industry players in the country’s tourism industry. The Awards are aimed at recognizing and appreciating the hard work and dedication of individuals and companies that have led to the tremendous growth of Uganda’s tourism over the years.

The expo is one of the annual events in the East African region organized by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Now in its third year, Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo focuses on pushing the tourism business agenda to all Ugandans under the theme, “Tourism is everybody’s business”.

The Expo brings together tourism business operators to meet new clients, network, promote and market their businesses. POATE 2017  focused on business for the 13 tourism clusters that UTB works with. Clusters are regional associations bringing together tourism businesses and stakeholders for purpose of promoting specific regions in Uganda.

The awards were handled over by Vice president, H.E. Edward Ssekandi.

The winners

Best Luxury Accommodation – Kampala Serena Hotel

Best Mid Range Accommodation – Mutanda Lake Resort

Best Budget Accommodation – Mweya Hostel and Cottages

Best Homestay – Tinka’s Homestead

Best Tour Operator – Matooke Tours

Best Travel Agent – Intek Travel

Best Airline – RwandAir

Best Cultural or Community Tourism Initiative – Entanda Community

Best Wildlife Destination – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Best Cultural Destination – Tooro Kingdom

Best Tourism Programme TV – Urban TV Ecozone

Best Tourism Journalist – Solomon Oleny

Best Digital Media – Diary of a Muzungy by Charlotte Beauvoisin

Best Conservation Institution – Uganda Wildlife Authority

Best Conservation Personality – Lilly Ajarova of Ngamba Island

Best General Safari Guide – Alex Gabiito

Best Cultural Guide – Tamwenya Paul

Best male tourism personality – Amos Wekesa

Best female tourism personality – Agnes Kemigisa

Best Exhibitor National Tourist Boards – Rwanda Development Board

Best Exhibitor overall – Serena Hotels

Best Exhibitor Regional Tourism Clusters – Lango

Best Exhibitor Regional Tourism Clusters – Kigezi

Most Active Social Media Profile Female – Kate Webster

Most Active Social Media Profile Male – Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

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