The Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) has elected a new board that will serve for a period of two years (2019-2021). Susan Muhwezi was re-elected by a unanimous vote as chairperson.
The election that took place during the Annual General Meeting held on Monday July 29, 2019 at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel was also graced by Hon Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, the state minister Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
Vice chair under the new leadership line up is Byamukama Bonifence of Hippo Hill Lodge while Cephas Birungyi of Cephas Inn (Kabale) and veteran hotelier Twaha Lukwanzi of Tal Cottages retained their posts of general secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Others on the new Board of Directors are; Hajji Haruna Kibirige, Mrs Yogi Birigwa, Ms Adrine Kobusingye and Amb Mukiibi Ibrahim representing central region. The eastern region will be represented by, Daudi Migereko Jnr, Andrew Atim and Alex Ojambo while the north has Mr. Kasujja Muwanga Kibirige and Mrs Santa Lukone.
The west will be represented by Ms Mushabe Dona and Aggrey Twejukye while Ssese Islands has Daniel Mwanje. Finally Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, the Sheraton Kampala Hotel General Manager joins the Board as UHOA Chairperson’s special appointee replacing Amos Wekesa.
The Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association (UHOA) is a trade and lobbying organisation that includes almost all of the nation’s hotels, lodges and camps among its members. It was formally registered in May 2000 as UHOA.
In her acceptance Speech, Susan Muhwezi promised her team will continue engaging government as well as industry players to address concerns they didn’t achieve in the last financial year.
Among the key achievements she listed at the AGM were growth of membership, trainings for UHOA hotel staff as well as increase in income from shs 124m in 2016 to shs 224m by December 2018.
Mrs Muhwezi also noted that UHOA had successfully hosted 6 hotel expos as well as exposure trips for its members to ITB Berlin, IBTM Mice show in Barcelona and the Chicago Hotel show among others.
Adding his voice to Muhwezi’s at the annual general meeting, Hon Daudi Migereko the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Chairperson called on government to increase funding of the tourism budget if we are to penetrate more markets.
Asked why he voted in favour of the above, Rashid Kiyimba of Brovad Sands Lodge observed that the electoral process has been free and fair, adding that in the period Susan Muhwezi has been in office, her board has achieved over 80% of their targets.
Kapeyi Charles, Director, Rwenzori International Hotel;
“Now it is time for new leadership, to take the association to the next level. Susan is a great fit for the role and I’m excited to support her in the coming months.” Said Kapeyi.