SHERATON KAMPALA MEETS THE TRAVEL TRADE
(Posted 12th April 2014)
When it snows food and rains drinks – juices, tea and coffee anyway – at a breakfast function you can be sure that the hotel is meeting with the travel trade, and such was the case yesterday when the Sheraton Kampala team met Ugandan travel agents and tour operators to discuss a closer cooperation. The buffet was laden with goodies, the prized smoked salmon included and a selection of fine pastries, which – or so it is understood – were flown in from South Africa to try out a new range of croissants and Danish, aimed to improve the culinary experience of guests by only offering the very best there is available.
General Manager Ian Duncan, ably assisted by Sales Manager Joan Kasozi and other members of the hotel’s sales and marketing team, welcomed a room full of agency owners and top managers to whom they introduced their latest packages and incentive deals, menu additions and Spa innovations.
Deals for the upcoming Easter weekend were distributed as were score cards with which agents are now able to keep track of their bookings, important as for every 10 nights booked they are getting the 11th for free on a room only basis.
The Sheraton Kampala Hotel is operated under a franchise from Starwood’s Sheraton brand by Constellation Hotels, which also owns and operates the Sheraton hotels in Addis Ababa and Djibouti. Built in the 1970’s by the Ugandan government and opened as the Apollo Hotel, it was extensively refurbished after the present NRM government came into power in 1986 and then given to Sheraton Hotels to manage before it was sold to the present owners, now trading as Constellation Hotels, in the mid 1990’s. The hotel again underwent major renovations ahead of the 2007 Commonwealth Summit which was held in Kampala that year.
Located in the very centre of Kampala it sits pretty among extensive gardens, which while owned by the Kampala City Council Authority are managed and maintained by the hotel, a very popular backdrop in particular for wedding or graduation photos.
With 254 rooms featuring 54 suites including 3 presidential suites, 88 Sheraton Club and executive rooms and 112 classic rooms it is downtown Kampala’s largest internationally branded hotel.