Kampala, Uganda — Hotels in Uganda are recording an increase in occupancy rate, an indicator that the sector is recovering from the coronavirus crisis.
According to Suzan Muhwezi, the chairperson of Uganda Hotel Owners Association and vice chairperson Board of Directors for Uganda Tourism Board, industry players recorded 28% occupancy rate in the period January – March 2021, up from 5.6% in March last year when COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Hotel facilities need to operate on an average of 40% occupancy rate to break even, according to industry experts.
Muhwezi was speaking to journalists at the opening of the classification and regrading exercise for hotel facilities in Kampala on Apr.22.
The last time the classification in Uganda was done, only six facilities qualified to be 5-star. “The exercise helps us to be more competitive within the East African community,” she said.
The East African Community, standards criteria for the classification of hotels, restaurants, and other tourist facilities were gazetted in 2009 to encourage and maintain quality standards.
Accommodation facilities are classified as lodges, motels, restaurants, guest houses, tented camps, town hotels, vacation hotels, villas, cottages and serviced apartments…