Hotel grading exposes pretenders as true five star hotels are now oficially recognized


(Posted 25th June 2015)

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, will be the guest of honour it was learned of the formal announcement of hotel rankings in Kampala tomorrow.

The Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, together with the Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda Hotel Owners Association, had teams in the field to check out and assess each hotel in the capital, following an extensive catalogue of criteria developed several years ago already by the East African Community. Out of over 70 hotels inspected however less than thirty qualified to get into the star rankings, which will run from 1* to 5*.

Each of the five member states was due to have the exercise completed a long time ago already but financial constraints, among other reasons, were the main factor for the delay.

This will finally put to an end the past practice of some hotel owners to glue any number of stars over their front door, which on closer look only makes experts shake their heads in disgust while clients who fell for the trick of course wonder how this can be allowed.

With the gradual introduction of such rankings across the EAC will finally a direct and valid comparison be possible and tourist visitors now longer can be duped into believing that they get a five star product which ends up to be in the 3 minus range. The 29 hotels which made it into the star rankings in Kampala will be issued plagues for display at their front office, bearing official seals from the issuing authority.

The event will be held at the Kampala Serena Conference Centre tomorrow, Friday, 26th of June, incidentally an trophy winner at the just concluded World Travel Awards ceremony for Africa in the Seychelles as Uganda’s leading hotel.

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