The Umbrella that brings together all the operators that package the Uganda Safari and tour products to domestic and international consumption is in the fresh rhythm after securing the new leadership. The Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) features fully constituted board of eight (8) members that are elected in the every annual general meeting.
The Board’s position
of the Chairperson was maintained by Babra A. Vanhellepute having served
in the same capacity for the past two (2) years. In her capacity as the
new chairperson, she is aiming at strengthening the systems and
structures established in her initial term office and lobbying for
improved working environment of the tour operators to ensure that
synergies are created to induce more travelers to take up safaris and tours in Uganda.
AUTO General meeting also saw a range of other posts filled accordingly
with the competent people that were nominated and voted for by the
members themselves including the Directors of Prime Uganda Safaris and tours Ltd Mr & Mrs. Samuel & Cate Makanga who were in attendance.
other members elected include; Jacqueline Kemirembe as Vice
Chairperson, Dennis Ntege as Board Secretary, Costantino Tessarin as
Treasurer, while Dona Tindyebwa, Gary Segal and Lydia Nandudu and Civy
Tumusiime were selected as Committee Members. The general meeting was
attended by over 200 people of whom more than 100 were owners of Uganda tour companies that form the central membership of the Association.
body is charged with ensuring professional standards of service
delivery among the tour operators to facilitate confidence building
among the world travelers about destination Uganda. The body also makes
recommendations to the government especially in granting of tour
operator licenses. The inter member disputes can also be solved by the
An independent electoral committee spearheaded the voting
exercise and Dr. Akankwasa from the Ministry of Tourism headed it. The
election of the new leaders put an end on the two year regime that had
prevailed from July 10th 2014 when it was elected into office.