The 2016 survey conducted by W Hospitality Group on hotel chains development in Africa revealed that there are around 1,200 more hotels rooms set to be built in the country and agreements had just been signed with prominent global hotel chains, for example, Hilton Garden Inn, Radisson Blu and InterContinental to manage most of these new hotels. These hotels would start working between 2017 and 2020, said W Hospitality Group.
Last year 2017 the country witnessed the opening of two new 5-star and 4-star hotel in Kampala, making a total number of 8 5-star hotels in the capital. The recently established 4-Star Hotel Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala, which works under the management of an international hotel chain – Golden Tulip, opened in Kampala in May, adding a total of “124 elegantly appointed suites and rooms, several of which incorporate private balconies offering an amazing view of the adjoining golf course.”
The new lodging, situated in Nakasero in the city’s central business area, offers luxury services: smooth conference rooms, a rooftop eatery and parlor “where you can enjoy a clear view over Lake Victoria”, a health centre and gym.
In October 2017 still there was opening of the 5-Star Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala, additionally situated in the swanky Nakasero neighborhood. This facility has 23 floors, offers visitors a 360 degrees view of Kampala city, has pleasantries, for example, “a 740 square-meter dance hall, 9 conference rooms, 2 boardrooms, a business center, 3 swimming pools and a modern wellness centre with luxury spa and a fully equipped gym.”
The initial arrangement was to make it a Hilton Hotels’ Ugandan arm however it’s as of now managed by South Africa’s Sovereign Hotels.
Such impressive hotels, industry players say, have made Uganda a competitive Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) spot in the area. Uganda now gloats up to 90 reviewed hotels and lodges – up from less than 30 only two years prior when the tourism ministry first classified the country’s hotel.