The President also used the occasion to congratulated His Highness the Aga Khan and other private Ugandans who have ventured into the hotel business such as the proprietor of Protea Hotel and Hotel Africana, among others, for their continued efforts.
The President was addressing guests last evening that attended a gala dinner that was hosted by Kampala Sheraton Hotel in Kampala to mark the hotel’s 50th anniversary in the services sector in Uganda.
The President was happy to note that Kampala Sheraton Hotel, which sits on 7 acres of prime land in Kampala City, earns US$1.25 million every month. He noted that when Uganda got independence in 1962, there were no good hotels of international standards adding that those available then were all small colonial and not modernized structures like Speke, Grand Imperial in Kampala and Victoria Hotel in Entebbe, among others.
Mr. Museveni said that Kampala Sheraton Hotel that started operations in 1967 under the name of Apollo Hotel as well as present-day Kampala Serena Hotel that was previously known as Nile Hotel, were refurbished by the National Resistance Movement Government (NRM) Government to international standards to host the 1987 Preferential Trade Area (PTA) now called Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Conference. He noted that when NRM came to power in 1986 some of the hotels’ structures, like Apollo Hotel, had crumbled.
The President said that Ugandans, who in the past used to grow coffee, bananas, rear cows and sheep only, have now undertaken such ventures like hotel, shop and factories’ business, among others.
The Chairman of Uganda Tourism Board, Mr. Daudi Migereko, told guests that the achievements of Kampala Sheraton Hotel are attributable to the positive strategies and policies of the NRM Government. He, therefore, urged the management of the hotel to invest more and take advantages of the many opportunities that are available in tourism.
The General Manager of Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Mr. Jean Phillipe Bittencourt, pledged enhanced commitment and support in the provision of better services and create value for the hotel’s guests.