TOURISM & YOUTH BOOSTED AS BOOKING.COM, MANGO TREE, EYE OPENER WORKS LAUNCH UKARIMU, AN OPEN SOURCE HOSPITALITY PROGRAM FOR UGANDA

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By Frank Twinomugisha,

Booking.Com the World’s foremost leader in Tourism and Hospitality is in Uganda and has launched, UKARIMU, an ultra-modern Tourism and Hospitality program for Ugandan Youth and Tourism Ugandan Businesses.

jeanJean Byamugisha, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA)

“What a pleasure it is to be here this morning. Not only do I have the opportunity to launch our newest partnership in Uganda, the Ukarimu Academy for Tourism and Hospitality, but I get to do it here in one of the most beautiful regions of Uganda. All we have to do is look around us to know exactly why Uganda is called the “Pearl of Africa.” said the Senior Ranking Executive from Booking. Com.

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           bookings.coms  European Executive with Graduate’s of Ukarimu Academy Uganda.

The launch took place on Friday, November 8th 2019 where the highly innovative Ukarimu Academy launched its new program at Design Hub Kampala in presence of top industry players including Tourism Guru and Uganda Hotel Owners Chief Executive Jean Byamugisha, members of the Uganda Tourism Board among others.

The program was kicked off in the presence of representatives from Booking.com who have been supporting the development of Ukarimu since early 2019, when the project received a grant from the company’s fund to support non-profit initiatives in sustainable travel.

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         Ukarimu Graduate’s with Kenya Tourism Dutch Facilitators pose  for Photo

Ukarimu is an active learning, video-based curriculum that contains session plans, exercises and supporting materials.

Ukarimu is a collective effort, initiated by Mango Tree and Eye Opener Works in partnership with a number of grass roots hospitality training institutes, including Ujima (Kenya), Kawa (Zanzibar), Job opportunity (Tanzania), Kwhela (South Africa) and the Rwenzori and Karamoja Tourism Academies (Uganda).

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The development was of Ukarimu Academy program has been made possible thanks to grant provided by bookings.com via the company’s dedicated funds to support innovative profits project sin sustainable travel.

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The development of the Ukarimu Academy program has been made possible thanks to a grant provided by Booking.com, via the company’s dedicated fund to support innovative non-profit projects in sustainable travel.

In the coming week’s different modules of the curriculum will appear on the e-learning platform www.ukarimuacademy.org. Interested in attending the launch on 8th November? Send an e-mail to info@ukarimuacademy.org.

The program drivers are Mango Tree under the stewardship of Madam Innes Vanoord and her team comprising of Jean Kukunda Makki, Romana and Roberta Kisubi as well as Eye Opener Works under the leadership of Martijn Harlaar and his team comprising of TarmarziansMelodi and Alexander Bongers.

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