Eve Mbasabye

Eve Mbasabye

For A Truly Magnificent Wedding Function Think Speke Hotel

Do you want to plan a beautiful ceremony and reception without having to dream up every detail from scratch? Then a hotel wedding venue might be the perfect choice for you.

Most hotel establishments already have everything you need for a picture-perfect celebration, from an in-house caterer to a beautiful ballroom. In Uganda, if you're thinking about celebrating your nuptials at a hotel, think Speke Hotel on Nile Avenue in the heart of Kampala city.

Speke Hotel, the first and one of the oldest hotels in Uganda’s capital Kampala, is a cozy hotel named after the famous British explorer, John Hannington Speke who discovered the source of River Nile.

With this rich history, Speke Hotel, like it has the case over the years, has come with special wedding packages to enable their customers to celebrate marriage with their loved one at a worthwhile reception.

The negotiable packages include a free venue, one room night stay for a couple, six bottles of Champagne. Because we are in an era of COVID19, the hotel has put in place all SOPs and continue to observe the health guidelines put in place.

On top of the discounts on other services offered at the hotel, hosting your wedding reception helps you have professional waiters and waitresses attend to your guests. This is the beauty that comes with hosting a wedding reception at a hotel like the Speke Hotel.

Speke Hotel has many different areas-like restaurants, ballrooms, patios, and event spaces that can be converted into a wedding venue.

Speke Hotel also boasts of restaurants like Kyber Pass Restaurant, Rock Gardens, Pizzeria, Gentleman’s Lounge and the Rock Bar. These should come handy should you need anything that has not been provided on the wedding menu for specific reasons.

Sheena Ruparelia, the Managing Director Speke Group of Hotels, speaking at an event where she hosted Kampala’s top wedding planners for a cocktail get-together at Forest Cottages in Bukoto, said planning for a wedding is hard especially if you have to balance a full-time job or social commitments.

She recommended that hiring a wedding planner allows you to delegate those more time-consuming responsibilities to a professional who can schedule appointments, deal with service providers and all you will need to do is show up and make the decisions.

"Wedding planners also assist in budgeting and scheduling because it is important to stick to the budget set and wedding planners are experts in ensuring couples reach this goal. Wedding planners and hotels work together to recommend contacts with florists, DJs, designers, hairstylists.

“An interactive hotel partner is important to make one of the most important days of your life perfect. It’s important for all partners in the Wedding Industry to understand each other, which is why the Speke Group values its relationship with partners in the industry,” she adds.

Orphanages Receive Ruparelia Foundation Christmas Gifts

The festive season is a time of giving and sharing love and material things that God has blessed you with and this season, three orphanages in Kampala were on the receiving end courtesy of The Ruparelia Foundation‘s Christmas Gift Drive.

Like it is every end of the year, The Ruparelia Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Ruparelia Group, a conglomerate owned by Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, together with partners, collected gifts that were donated to selected orphanages.

This year, Eseza Foundation, Angel's Center for Children with Special Needs and Rwenzori Mumtazi Orphanage Center and School were the selected beneficiaries.

The Foundation, from well-wishers and donations from partners, collected usable toys, clothes, books and anything in a usable condition that would make a good gift for a child this Christmas.

Translink, Lato Milk, Loka Poka and Shreeji are the other partners who worked with The Ruparelia Foundation to ensure that the Christmas Gift Drive benefits children in need to feel love, remembrance and care.

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Speke Resort Unveils Christmas Season Accommodation Packages

Speke Resort and Conference Centre commonly referred to as Speke Resort has announced special and affordable accommodation rates for this festive season in an effort to give back to their clients who have supported them through the year.

The juicy offers commence on 11th November and ends on 10th January 2021, however, the packages are broken into two – the first package covers between 11th -23rd December 2020 and 26th December 2020 to 10th January 2021 while the second package covers Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Ajit Singh, the rooms’ division manager at Speke Resort, says this festive season, the luxurious resort brings its guests unlimited fun with lots & lots of activities at unbeatable price.

Between 11th November and ends on 10th January 2021 but not on Christmas eve and Christmas day, a single deluxe room (one person) will go for $139, double deluxe room (two people) for $188, one bedroom suite (two people) for $219, superior room (two people) for $250, executive room (two people) for $250, executive suite (two people for $436, presidential cottage (four people) $498 and presidential suite (four people $684. Extra person is provided with a mattress on a full board basis for $68 per night.

On 24th and 25th December, 2020, a single deluxe room (one person) will go for $176, double deluxe room (two people) for $262, one bedroom suite (two people) for $293, superior room (two people) for $324, executive room (two people) for $324, executive suite (two people for $510, presidential cottage (four people) $647 and presidential suite (four people $832. Extra person is provided with a mattress on a full board basis for $105 per night.

Ajit said all these rates are inclusive of taxes and are on full board basis - breakfast, lunch and dinner but no drinks. “The offer includes a 30 minutes boat ride and 10 minutes pony ride for kids. Being a resident, you are entitled to access the swimming pool and gymnasium,” he revealed.

Speke Resort has 8 well-appointed bars and restaurants.  Guests looking for a luxury dining restaurant at the resort can choose from our traditional, thatched, open-air dining spaces, Lakeside Grill and the charming Viking Bar.

Unique amongst the resort, some of the dining spaces offer breath-taking lake views and is surrounded by fragrant, tropical blossoming trees, and is melodious with the sound of waves, monkeys and birds at flight.

Guests can experience fine European, African and Indian cuisine, be entertained by authentic Ugandan music and dance, and unwind in the romantic, paradise resort that is Speke Resort

Licensed Companies Cleared By Govt To Resume Labour Export

The minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Frank Tumwebaze has announced that licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers can resume their operations following a ban in March to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“This is to inform all licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers, that following the relaxing of a number of COVID lockdown measures by Ministry of Health and resumption of air travel, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development will be lifting the ban on labour export by licensed companies in accordance with the existing mandatory Covid SOPs for all travellers,” Tumwebaze said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Mr Tumwebaze further said his ministry’s PS will issue a detailed statement on the matter.

Labour externalization, especially among Ugandan youth who look for jobs in the Middle East, became one of the unprecedented causalities of Covid-19 when the government instituted drastic measures to contain the outbreak in Uganda. The government closed Entebbe airport and other points so that no one leaves or enters Uganda without authorization.

Uganda would later on October 1 reopened Entebbe airport and border entry points but maintain a noose on labour externalization something that anger companies that were eagerly waiting for the country to open up air travel. They protested this move by agreeing to close their businesses until the government hears their cry. And now it looks like the government has heard them and okayed their businesses to resume.

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