- The Minister inaugurated Uganda Tourism Board’s new Board of Directors at Mestil Hotel in Kampala. The outgoing Board was praised for its contributions, while the new Board pledged to advance Uganda’s tourism sector. Key officials emphasized collaboration and sustainable practices for tourism growth.
KAMPALA – The Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA), Hon. Tom Butime, presided over the inauguration of the New Board of Directors for the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) on Thursday. The transition ceremony, which saw the handover from the outgoing members and the induction of the new board, unfolded at Mestil Hotel in Kampala.
The newly appointed Board is chaired by Ms. Pearl Hoareau Kakooza, with members including Early Gift, Ms. Olive Birungi Lumonya, Ms. Kebirungi Sally Sandra, Mr. Operemo Vicent, Mr. Stephen Sany Masaba, Mr. Vivian Lyazi, Ms. Margaret Arach Ojara, Mr. Mulinde Tony, Mr. Kiyimba Rashid, Mr. Kawamara Ronald Kazooba, and Ms. Lilly Ajarova serving as the Board Secretary. The event drew the presence of dignitaries such as the Permanent Secretary of MTWA, Ms. Doreen Katusiime, representatives from missions, various government departments, agencies, and the private tourism sector.
Minister Butime expressed gratitude to the outgoing Board for their contributions in elevating Uganda’s global tourism profile and fostering sustainable development. He commended their dedication and strategic leadership, which played a pivotal role in positioning Uganda as a premier destination for travelers worldwide. He also emphasized the new Board’s wealth of experience and shared vision for advancing Uganda’s tourism sector.
In a similar vein, Permanent Secretary Doreen Katusiime lauded the outgoing Board for their role in shaping UTB’s strategic direction and fostering collaboration among stakeholders. She acknowledged their achievements in solidifying Uganda’s status as a top tourist destination.
Outgoing Chairman Hon. Migereko urged the new Board to prioritize efforts to drive tourism sector growth, emphasizing the importance of domestic tourism and collaborative partnerships.
Ms. Hoareau Kakooza, the new Board Chairperson, expressed gratitude for the foundation laid by the outgoing Board and pledged to continue efforts to promote Uganda as a desirable destination.
The CEO of UTB extended a warm welcome to the new Board, affirming support to overcome challenges and leverage opportunities to realize Uganda’s tourism potential. She underscored UTB’s commitment to collaboration with stakeholders to foster innovation and sustainable practices.
In the spirit of continuity and progress, Ms. Ajarova emphasized UTB’s commitment to working closely with the new Board to enhance Uganda’s tourism profile, attract more visitors, and generate socio-economic benefits for the nation.
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