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World Bank releases sh24.5b for tourism

By Emmanuel Balukusa

Added 30th November 2017 09:17 PM

The money will only be allocated to re-develop and upgrade the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute.

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The money will only be allocated to re-develop and upgrade the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute.

The World Bank has released sh24.5b to boost Uganda's tourism sector. Tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu explained that the government of Uganda got the loan from the bank.

Kamuntu was officiating the ninth graduation ceremony of 364 students at the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI) in Jinja on Thursday.

The students graduated in certificates and diplomas in hotel management, birding and tourism.

He explained that the money will only be allocated to re-develop and upgrade the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute and Crested Crane Hotel to an international level.

“In 1994, the Government specified the hotel and tourism training institute as the institute with the basic requirements to train students in hotel management and tourism. So, the government got a loan to upgrade the institute to a three-star modern and an international hotel and training institute,” Kamuntu said.

PIC: Jinja has great tourism sites

The three-star hotel will include training kitchens, training restaurants, language laboratories, hotel bedrooms and other training facilities.

According to Miriam Namutosi Amori, the principal of UHTTI, the curriculum will also be reviewed to the international standards.

Minister Kamuntu explained: “The tourism sector for 2015-2020 focuses on unlocking the consequences in the sector, mostly in human resource management. Tourism contributes nearly 10% of GDP and it is the top exchange sector in the country and it brings a lot of money to the country than even Agriculture,” Kamuntu revealed.

Amori said the procurement of the project is already done and evaluation of firms that will run the project is ongoing.

PIC: Tourism minister Kamuntu (left) and Amori (second-left) arrive for the graduation ceremony

 PIC: Students entertaining guests at the graduation ceremony

 

 

 

 

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