By Watchdog reporter

The highly anticipated Tourism Excellence Awards took place at Sheraton Hotel’s Rwenzori Ballroom on Sunday evening and it was organized by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB).

The Awarding ceremony was the climax of the three day Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo 2017(POATE2017) which kick started on Friday at Kampala Sheraton Hotel  Gardens  (Jubilee  Gardens)  with  over 200  tourism,  tour  and travel;  and  education businesses from Uganda, East Africa and international participating.

The chief guest of at the event was vice president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who was in company of State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi.

Roger Mugisha was the MC of the night while Afrigo Band entertained guests with Ugandan but world class music.

Full list of Winners;

CATEGORY WINNERS
BEST LUXURY ACCOMMODATION  

Kampala Serena

BEST MID RANGE ACCOMMODATION  

Mutanda Lake Resort

BEST BUDGET ACCOMMODATION  

Mweya Hostel and cottages

BEST HOMESTAY  

Tinka’s Homestead

BEST TOUR OPERATOR  

Matoke Tours

BEST TRAVEL AGENT Intek Travel
BEST AIRLINE  

Rwandair

BEST CULTURAL OR COMMUNITY TOURISM INITIATIVE  

Entanda Community

BEST TOURISM PERSONALITY MALE  

Amos Wekesa

BEST TOURISM PERSONALITY FEMALE  

Agnes Kemigisa

BEST WILDLIFE DESTINATION  

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

BEST CULTURAL  DESTINATION  

Tooro Kingdom

BEST TOURISM PROGRAM – TV  

Urban T.V  Ecozone

BEST TOURISM JOURNALIST  

Solomon Oleny

BEST DIGITAL MEDIA  

Diary of a Muzungu

BEST CONSERVATION INSTITUTION  

UWA

BEST CONSERVATION PERSONALITY  

Lilly Ajarova

BEST GENERAL SAFARI GUIDE  

Alex Gabiito

BEST CULTURAL GUIDE  

Tamwenya Paul