By Paul Waiswa
Margaret Kankwazi a 22-year-old student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Tourism has crowned Uganda’s Miss Tourism on Friday.
Hailing from Kigezi region, Kankwanzi beat 12 contestants in the finals to scoop the Miss Tourism 2018/2019 title at Kampala Serena Hotel.
She won a piece of land in her home region that will be used for promoting tourism, A trip of her choice to any destination courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines, Travelling to USA and Dubai and also a scholarship at ISBAT University.
“Miss Tourism has grown progressively and I thank the late Hon. Maama Maria Mutagamba for her dedicated support to make this what it is now and I urge the contestants to sell this product with all their capabilities and knowledge” said Hon Kiwanda Suubi Minister of state Tourism.
“I congratulate the contestants for being formidable tourism ambassadors and advise to work with the business community and embrace initiatives done to promote tourism through the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project ( CEDP) which is under the Private sector Foundation Uganda,” said Dr. Gudula Basaza the Guest of honor and Vice-chairperson PSFU.
“For all the contestants from the various regions make an effort to know what other regions besides yours have to enable you have vast knowledge about the great opportunities Uganda has to offer to the international world,” said Aisha Nagudi Brand manager Miss Tourism.
Margarette will be representing Uganda in Malaysia in the Miss Tourism World campaigns.
This year’s Edition was run under the theme “Let the pearl Shine “Emily Ayen (Karamoja) and Laura Lebu (West Nile) were the first and second runners-up respectively. Margaret takes the crown from the previous beauty Queen, Challa ELma Kapel from Karamoja.