Travel: UTB set to certify, grade hotels across the country

The Uganda Tourism Board UTB as embarked on a drive that will see all hotel and lodging facilities in the country classified to improve the travel and tourism sector. UTB Chief Executive Officer Lily Ajarova has said.

This is part of the efforts by the tourism body to make Uganda more competitive and more attractive.

“To have our accommodation facilities certified means that we are keeping to the best practices. We have standards that we are following and this is a marketing tool for us as a destination that will enable us to compete better as Uganda.” Ajarova says.

After the training, expected to take two weeks, the assessors will immediately get on to the exercise, sensitizing the public and later grading of the Hotels. This according to Lily Ajarova, the Chief Executive officer of the Uganda Tourism Board informs the travelers and tourists on where and at what cost to pay for lodging facilities.

“The activity itself is a marketing tool in promoting the destination Uganda.” She indicated

Many hotels for tourism travel enthusiasts across the country have always poise selves are 5 star hotels. However, in the last grading in 2017, only 15 hotels were classified. However a report from the Uganda Hotel Owners Association indicated that many of the hoteliers were not sensitized about the exercise.

For instance, in Kalangala only Ssese Islands Beach Hotel and Ssese Habitat Resort were monitored even when the area has more than 9 travel hotels. “It is not only for the benefit of the hotels, but also the public because as a guest, you are informed on what to demand for in each classified hotel,” Ajarova added.

The requirement for the classification of hotels is a continuous process which has to happen every after a given period of time. It raises the country and destination’s ranking globally thus promoting the destination as safe, secure and able to handle all classes of clients world over.

The hotels are classified according to how good it is and thus graded with stars from a one star to a five star hotel.

One Star Rating:

A one-star hotel is simply a place to rest your head for the night. Generally owned by a sole proprietor, these hotels offer modest rooms with nothing more than a bed and bathroom. There are no restaurants on-site, but there should be one within walking distance of the hotel. These hotels don’t offer extra amenities or special services.

 Two Star Rating

A two-star hotel is part of a larger chain. The accommodations are similar to a one-star. They are simple and basic. However, these ones include a television and phone. The hotels also offer an on-site restaurant and daily housekeeping service. The front desk at a two-star hotel may also be open 24 hours a day.

Three Star Rating

Three-star hotels are larger, more upscale hotel a hotel, such as Marriott. The hotels are generally more comfortable than one and two-star hotel. They offer a wider range of services and amenities: a fitness center, a pool, business services, an on-site restaurant, room service, conference rooms, among other services.

The hotel rooms are larger with higher-quality, contemporary furnishings and often include fancy extras like flat-screen TVs. Three-star hotels are located near a major travel expressway and local attractions, and they often target business travelers.

Four Star Rating

Four-star hotels are large, upscale establishments, fully staffed and complete with several extras. They have spacious rooms, beautifully designed with premium furnishings, lavish bedding and fine bath products.

The hotels also offer special services and amenities including concierge services, dining, multiple pools, fitness centers, room service, valet parking, day spas, limousine services and a host of special suites.

Five Star Rating

This is basically for the rich and famous. Five-star hotels are the most luxurious in the world. These fine establishments according to the internet boast extravagant lobbies, unparalleled service, and unequaled comfort.

A guest in a five-star hotel will not have to lift a finger. The massive five-star guest rooms are glamorous and elegant, often including premium linens, a personal Jacuzzi tub, a large-screen Plasma TV with high-definition cable, a DVD player, high-speed Internet access, fresh flowers, lavish bath products, and speedy, around-the-clock room service.

Also, five-star hotels also gourmet restaurants, on-site entertainment, state-of-the-art fitness centers, multiple heated pools, and hot tubs, valet parking, spa services, tennis courts, and golf course access. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

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