Peter Ekudeo, the Regional Manager for The Grand Global Hotel in Kikoni, a Kampala suburb says that they have recorded less than 10 percent occupancy of their 100 suite rooms at the facility. He said dozens of foreign guests canceled reservations due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Kampala have registered improved
guest booking this festive season compared to 2020, the worst year ever for the
hospitality sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, the hoteliers say holiday seekers and tourists, both natives, and foreign guests would make significant reservations for accommodation and get-together parties among
In an attempt to curtail the spread of the
pandemic, the Government imposed extended lockdown measures that affected the
operations of the hotels restricting both local and international travels, whose
impacts have persisted on business to date.
Peter Ekudeo, the Regional Manager for The Grand
Global Hotel in Kikoni, a Kampala suburb says that they have recorded less than 10 percent
occupancy of their 100 suite rooms at the facility. He said dozens of foreign
guests canceled reservations due to the
Ekudeo told URN that prior to the pandemic, the hotel’s annual
income statement would reflect at least Shillings 6 billion but their income has
drastically dropped to only Shillings 2 billion. He says that the dwindling business
forced them to downsize their staff from 200 to only 70.
At Hotel La Grande in Kawempe Division with the occupancy of 40 guests, the situation is not
any better either, according to Richard Ssemfuma, the Foods and Beverages
Supervisor. Ssenfuma says that their
swimming pool, conference halls, internet, and health club are idle with exception of chance guests.
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Kshitij Khurana, the General Manager of Millennium
Terrace Hotel in Kamwokya described their current guest reservations as
progressive and encouraging
because of the easing of the lockdown restrictions.
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Khurana revealed that the slow guest turnover has
forced them to employ workers based on the available bookings to keep their operation
costs like salary and utility among other things low in order to keep in
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Augustine Baluku, the Manager of Sir Jose Hotel in
Ggaba, says that their
facility is regaining momentum despite the prolonged COVID-19 restrictions that locked up the economy. He
bookings to improve
if the Government fully opens up
the economy next year.
several other sector players with Apartment businesses were hesitant in
discussing their prospects and experiences in the hotel and hospitality
industry citing confidentiality and competition.
The Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) statistics
indicate that the umbrella currently has up to 603 members. The industry
employs up to 58 percent of female workers and 77 percent are youth
between 18 to 30 years.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.