Construction of a 3 – Star Application Hotel
The Hon. Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu on 10th April 2018, led a team of Government officials and other partners for a ground breaking ceremony to kick start the construction of an application hotel for the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI) in Jinja.
The three star hotel once completed will comprise of a fully equipped, 50-room hotel block, two student demonstration kitchens, training restaurants and a laundry block to provide the hospitality students hands on experience on modern facilities.
“Human resource is a very important ingredient in the tourism sector. We can promote the country as a tourism destination, but if you do not have capable resource to provide experience that will encourage not only repeat visits, but more people coming in, then all the investment in promotion and modern hospitality facility will be in vain,” said Prof. Kamuntu. This facility is therefore, one of the interventions we are making as government, to start building the capacity of human resource in the tourism sector”, he added.
The Minister also reiterated the importance of effective management of the facility once completed.
“The building alone will not make the hotel a center of excellence, it is important that, the output from the facility is of high quality. We are reviewing the curriculum, providing training opportunities to the tutors and eventually explore twining with other international institution so that we get the right output from the institute,” the Minister said.
The construction of the application hotel is being undertaken under the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project, funded by Government of Uganda/World Bank, and coordinated by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).
The project, is supporting implementation of business environment reforms in Business Registration and Licensing, Land Administration and Management, Tourism Competitiveness Development and enterprise development through provision of matching grants to private sector enterprises. The aim of the project is to ultimately create a conducive business environment that will enhance Uganda’s competitiveness.
A number of activities have been undertaken under the project to support the tourism sector including provision of transport facilities to Uganda Wildlife Authority, tourism promotion through the hire of PR firms and supporting a number of exhibitions, curriculum review and development of policies that will support growth of the tourism sector.
- The building will cost Ugx; 19.4 billion, approximately, USD 5.3 million.
- The construction is being undertaken by Roko Construction Limited under the supervision of Arch Design Limited
- Duration for the construction – 12 months.