Ms Barbara Adoso has been elected chairperson of the largest tourism fraternity in the country, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO).
Ms Adoso, who served as vice chairperson to the outgoing board, defeated the incumbent, Mr Boniface Byamukama, in a hotly contested election during the association’s annual general meeting in Kampala on Tuesday. Ms Adoso got 104 votes while Mr Byamukama got 43.
AUTO brings together all companies dealing in tourism activities in Uganda.
In her acceptance speech, Ms Adoso promised transparency in her governance and said she intended to “represent AUTO with distinction, continue the work of the previous regime, and even continue to agitate for improvement on what has not been done well, as well as doing what has not been done at all”.
“These first six months, UTB will engage the tour operators, teaching us what tourism regulation and standardisation means,” she said.
Ms Adoso, who will steer AUTO for the next two years, will be deputised by Ms Jackie Kemirembe Rubuubi while Mr Denis Ntege of Adrift Aenture was voted secretary and Costantino Tessarin will serve as treasurer.
The committee members include Hajji Rashid Kiyimba of Brovad Hotels, Dona Tindyebwa of Jewel Safaris, Felex Musinguzi of Kazinga Safaris and Garry Segal from Uganda Safari Companies.
The outgoing chairman congratulated Ms Adoso and her team, saying he was proud of the job accomplished by the previous board.
About Ugandan Tourism
Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in Uganda, creating employment and spurring economic growth in areas tourism activities take place. Tour operators are an important part of this growth as they bring and take tourists around the country.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor