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