The government of Uganda has finalized arrangements for classifying accommodation and restaurant facilities in the country like a measure to match the tourism and hospitality sector in East Africa. The main aim for this classification is to support non-star rated hotels, hostels, camping sites, guest houses.
The rating will create confidence in potential visitors who will be willing to pay for quality facilities and services. The minister of tourism, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu said the classification of the hotels is an international method that helps investors maintain and increase best practices.
He said a tourism police unit will also begin to make sure the tourists are safe plus their belongings. Meetings have been taking place and soon ending because this is a perfect detection in the tourism master plan.
Mr. Bulaim Kibirige, the chairperson of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association, said this has been a very good idea because ever hotel has been classifying itself without values and the system will help in marketing the facilities abroad.
Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC said the advisors will lead to better benefits of quality tourism in the country. He said the EAC member states will them compete on quality rather than cost and it is the only way to increase and maintain competitive tourism accommodation and catering facilities.