Our Chair-lady, Mrs Susan Muhwezi was last week sworn in as a Board Member of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). The new Board will govern UTB for the next 3 years.
 
In her acceptance speech, the Chair-lady promised to advocate for the interests of the hotel sector in Uganda including marketing, training of staff and grading and classification of the hotels among many others.
 
The Chair-lady also extends her appreciation to all UHOA members for your vote of confidence in representing you at UTB. She pledges her commitment to ensuring that UHOA will achieve alot more for our members through support of the Uganda Tourism Board.
 
 
 
 
 
UTA is delighted to inform you that Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is organizing the 13th Kwita Izina Ceremony (Gorilla Naming Ceremony).
Alongside the naming ceremony, a week long celebration of activities are organized including Conservation and Tourism exhibition to be held from 27th – 28th August 2017 at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village – Virunga Hall.

We highly encourage your organization’s participation as exhibitors at the conservation and tourism exhibition, as well as the entire Kwita Izina celebrations.

Key dates in summary:
26th August, 2017- Gala Dinner.
27th- 28th August, 2017- Conservation and Tourism Exhibition.
28th-29th August, 2017- Conversation on Conservation.
01st September, 2017- Kwita Izina Naming Ceremony.

Save the dates as further Information will be provided.
 
 

UTA Secretariat

P.O.Box 75814 Kampala, Uganda

Capital Shoppers, Nakawa

Second floor, Room 19

Mob: +256704080958

Email: admin@ugandatourismassociation.org

 
 
 
UHOA has organised a one day training for all the hotels in Eastern Region in "Sales Capacity Development and Mentorship". The training will take place on Friday 23 June 2017 at the Mt Elgon Hotel Mbale starting at 8am to 1pm. All participants will get a certificate after the training.
 
UHOA has partnered with ULTM Strategic Solutions (U) Ltd and agreed to subsidize this training for our members to shs 50,000 only to cater for participants tea and lunch. UHOA will meet the cost of the trainers as well as the certificates to be issued to all our members.
 
This will be a regional training for all hoteliers. The next training will take place in Gulu and we shall communicate the dates and venue.
 
The training is open to all UHOA members who wish to attend the training in Mbale. Kindly confirm your participation with us. Once again, details for the training are as follows:
 
What:      Sales Capacity Development and Mentorship Training
When:     23 June 2017
Where:    Mt Elgon Hotel and Spa, Sironko Hall
Time:       8am - 1pm
Cost:        shs 50,000
 
Ultm

 

UHOA in partnership with UTB will be hosting all our members to a half day training on "Leadership in the Hotel Sector"Workshop will be held on Tuesday 16 May 2017 starting at 8am. Venue will be communicated shortly.
 
We have been carrying out many training programs for our members and we realized a new skills gap in the sector - Leadership! The hotel sector employs mainly the youth who will be the leaders of the industry tomorrow. Many of our staff do not get the opportunity for leadership mentoring and training in the work place and this impedes their passion for the job and career growth.
 
To address this gap, UTB has recruited one of the most well known and respected leadership trainers in the country to facilitate this program for the UHOA hotel staff. UTB and UHOA are also meeting all the costs of this training to ensure that our members send in their staff for this training. (please note that members from outside Kampala will cater for their own transport and accommodation costs)
 
I would therefore like to encourage all our members to send your staff for this very important training.  Kindly confirm your participation with the number of participants from your hotel.

Please find attached, the agenda for the day.

 

 

 

Equity Bank in partnership with UHOA has organised a Breakfast meeting for UHOA Hotel Owners and General Managers on Thursday 4 May 2017 at Hotel Africana starting at 7am.

Equity Bank will be launching a new product for the hotels and engaging UHOA to create a working relationship between the two sectors. We therefore would like to invite all our members to come and attend this breakfast meeting.

Please confirm your attendance.

Uganda Hotel Owners' Association (UHOA)
BMK House; Third Floor - Suite 5C
P.O.BOX, 33772, Kampala, Uganda - East Africa
Tel: +256 (0)414 345601
Mobile: +256 (0)772 619524
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
The UHOA Chair-lady informs all members that we have started an out reach program and the Executive Director will be taking time to visit members and interacting with you at your hotels. This program will start next week with Western Uganda. To that end two meetings have been scheduled next week as follows:
  • Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Hoima District - at Hoima Resort Hotel starting at 8am.
  • Thursday 23 February 2017 - Fort Portal District - at Kalya Courts Hotel  starting at 8am.
The purpose of the meetings is to brief you on what is happening at UHOA, the projects we are currently running and how members and can benefit from the services offered at UHOA. We shall also be getting feedback from you during our one on one visit to your hotels.
 
We therefore extend an invitation to all our members in the above regions to make time to attend the meetings on the stipulated dates and venues.
 
Note: 
Please note that a modest transport refund will be reimbursed for all participants in Hoima and Fort Portal while members coming from around those areas will also receive a modest allowance to cater for their accommodation, thanks to our partners at USAID.  
 
The next region to be visited will be Northern Uganda in Gulu, Eastern Uganda in Mbale, and finally Central Uganda. We shall communicate the dates for the meetings in those regions.
 
Please feel free to contact the secretariat  for any clarification or inquiry.
 
Uganda Hotel Owners' Association (UHOA)
BMK House; Third Floor - Suite 5C
P.O.BOX, 33772, Kampala, Uganda - East Africa
 
Tel: +256 (0)414 345601
Mobile: +256 (0)772 619524
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Greetings from the Secretariat!
 
Please find attached the Pearl of Africa Expo (POATE) Registration form and Floor Plan. Kindly note that registration fee is shs 500,000 for exhibition. 
 
For all members interested in exhibition, kindly send an email to the secretariat also highlighting your preferred stall number. Please note that booking of stalls is on first come first served basis.
 
 
Feel free to let me know if you have any querries
 
 
 
 
Uganda Hotel Owners' Association (UHOA)
BMK House; Third Floor - Suite 5C
P.O.BOX, 33772, Kampala, Uganda - East Africa
 
Tel: +256 (0)414 345601
Mobile: +256 (0)772 619524
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Members,

UHOA

NOTICE OF THE UHOA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association will be held on Thursday 27 October 2016, starting at 10:00a.m.

The venue and Agenda will be communicated shortly.

Please save the date.

Jean Byamugisha Executive Director

We were invited by Mr. Tamale to visit the Tamales Showroom. The Tamales is the biggest supplier of Hotel and Restaurant equipment in Uganda. They offer solutions for all hotel equipment. 
 
Last year, Mr. Tamale offered all UHOA member free consultancy on Kitchen layout and design in our hotels. He has once again reiterated this offer for our members. Mr. Tamale has also given us a manager, Mr Jamil Jumba who will be in charge of assisting all UHOA Member hotels. UHOA members can still get tax exemption on any hotel operational materials that they purchase through the Tamales and they also get the benefit of follow up and great customer care.
 
Mr. Tamale would like to extend an invitation to all UHOA Members to visit the showroom and check out the new products on offer. He is very passionate about the hotel sector and we request all our members to reach out to him for advice especially on kitchen equipment and design. 
 
Mr. Tamale can be reached on 0772 455924. He is also copied on this email for all members who would like to get in touch with him.
 
All UHOA members get a discount on all products from the Tamales. 
 
 
 
 

 

 

In partnership with the US Embassy, we have the pleasure to announce the National Restaurant Association, Hotel – Motel Show, which will be held from 21st May to 24th May, 2016 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, United States of America. 

Around 1800 exhibitor are expected at the show and these will include restaurant and bar owners, chain representatives, hospitality professionals, distributors, importers and wholesalers. Equipment and products related to the Food and Beverage sector will also be exhibited. Furnishings and Decorations, Paper, Plastic Supplies, Services, Tableware, Technology and Entertainment products are also exhibited in this show.  It is a great opportunity for UHOA members to meet and learn from the experts new trends and products on the market.

The U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Section is recruiting a delegation from Uganda and will charge an administrative fee of $350 payable by International Bankers check to the INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION’.   Being part of an official delegation entitles you to a number of privileges including;

-       Business-to-business matchmaking with pre-screened U.S. suppliers

-       Robust trade counseling, in your own language, on how to import U.S. products and services

-       Pre-arranged and facilitated briefings and meetings customized according to your buying interests before, during, and after the trade show

-       On-site and off-site technical tours to make the most of your time in the United States

-       U.S. Embassy travel assistance, including group bookings

-       Waived or reduced trade show admission fees

-       Assistance with trade show registration

-       Complimentary access to networking events and receptions

-      Complimentary use of business facilities, including private meeting space, Internet access, and lounge areas

-      Complimentary or reduced-rate educational sessions, demonstrations, and seminars

Apart from the scheduled training sessions the US Embassy will arrange others tailored to our specific needs as a Ugandan delegation. 

UHOA will be providing visa processing assistance for all our members wishing to participate at this expo.

Please find attached the package for this trip. We requested all interested members to register with the secretariat and also inform us of any B2B meetings you'd like to have so that we request the US embassy for assistance in making appointments for these meetings.

Feel free to contact the secretariat for any further assistance.

BMK House; Third Floor - Suite 5C

P.O.BOX, 33772, Kampala, Uganda - East Africa
Tel: +256 (0)414 345601
Mobile: +256 (0)772 619524
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

In partnership with the US Embassy, we have the pleasure to announce the National Restaurant Association, Hotel – Motel Show, which will be held from 21st May to 24th May, 2016 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, United States of America. 

Around 1800 exhibitor are expected at the show and these will include restaurant and bar owners, chain representatives, hospitality professionals, distributors, importers and wholesalers. Equipment and products related to the Food and Beverage sector will also be exhibited. Furnishings and Decorations, Paper, Plastic Supplies, Services, Tableware, Technology and Entertainment products are also exhibited in this show.  It is a great opportunity for UHOA members to meet and learn from the experts new trends and products on the market

The U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Section is recruiting a delegation from Uganda and will charge an administrative fee of $350 payable by International Bankers check to the INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION’.   Being part of an official delegation entitles you to a number of privileges including;

-       Business-to-business matchmaking with pre-screened U.S. suppliers

-       Robust trade counseling, in your own language, on how to import U.S. products and services

-       Pre-arranged and facilitated briefings and meetings customized according to your buying interests before, during, and after the trade show

-       On-site and off-site technical tours to make the most of your time in the United States

-       U.S. Embassy travel assistance, including group bookings

-       Waived or reduced trade show admission fees

-       Assistance with trade show registration

-       Complimentary access to networking events and receptions

-      Complimentary use of business facilities, including private meeting space, Internet access, and lounge areas

-      Complimentary or reduced-rate educational sessions, demonstrations, and seminars

Apart from the scheduled training sessions the US Embassy will arrange others tailored to our specific needs as a Ugandan delegation. 

UHOA will be providing visa processing assistance for all our members wishing to participate at this expo.

Please find attached the package for this trip. We requested all interested members to register with the secretariat and also inform us of any B2B meetings you'd like to have so that we request the US embassy for assistance in making appointments for these meetings.

Feel free to contact the secretariat for any further assistance.

 

Dear UHOA Members,

 
UHOA has been nominated under the "Most User Friendly Tourism Association" category at the Ekkula Tourism awards to be held 12 February 2015.
 
We have very proud that our association has been recognized as an institution that is offering exemplary service to the public and we would like to bring this award home. Kindly log on to the website and vote UHOA under this category.
 
Here's the link:
 
On behalf of the Chair-lady, we wish our Association success at the Awards.
The Uganda Tourism Board is in the final process of the recruitment of international Public Relations firms that will be marketing Uganda to the rest of the world.
 
The PR firms which will be marketing Uganda are:
These firms will officially be unveiled at a ceremony to be presided over by the President next week.
 
This morning, we met with the CEOs of these PR firms at a meeting held at UTB and as UHOA we have quiet alot to do if we are to benefit from the publicity of these firms.
 
What UHOA Members need to do:
  • Service: These PR firms will be targeting the high end clientele because regular travelers usually want to go where the rich vacation. In that case as UHOA we need to greatly improve on the service in our hotels. Much as the high end clientele have the potential to market the destination, they also have the same potential to destroy the destination if it does not meet their standard. We shall be organizing alot of training programs and we request our hotel managers who can assist us in the training to register with UHOA.
  • Quality Marketing materials,photos, websites, magazines: Hotels now need to invest in professional photographs and websites of your establishment. As you well know, the markets we are now targeting are very well informed and they do research before they visit  any destination. Please make sure details of your hotel are update both on your website and the UHOA website. 
  • Presence on Social media: Social media is one of the cheapest and most effective marketing tools today. Its also one of the quickest ways you can interact with your clients. Please make sure that you have very active social media accounts and a dedicated staff to respond to all queries and make regular updates.
  • Pricing of your hotel rooms: As you are aware, some of the common complaints we get is that hotels in Uganda are too expensive and this makes Uganda as a destination expensive as well. We kindly request all our members to review the pricing of your rooms to take into account the high seasons and the low seasons so that we market them all year round.
  • Special Events at your hotels: We also request all our members to inform us of any special events at your hotels in advance so that we can be able to write an article which we can submit to the PR firms for publishing in their press. Easter is around the corner and we are working on a campaign for the hotels which we shall share with you shortly.
  • Participation at Tourism Fairs: We expect the PR firms to increase interest of Uganda in the international press and one of the avenues they are going to use the the tourism fairs around the world. As you know, UHOA has never participate at any of these fairs due to lack of capacity and financing. With your support, we would like UHOA to participate at these fairs this and make use of the publicity from the PR firms to market our hotels abroad. We shall keep you updated.
 
As always, please let us know where you need assistance from the secretariat.
 
Uganda Hotel Owners' Association (UHOA)
BMK House; Third Floor - Suite 5C
P.O.BOX, 33772, Kampala, Uganda - East Africa
Tel: +256 (0)414 345601
 

Dear UHOA members,

 
Last year, we sent you communication in regards to registration of all hotels for Occupational Safety and Health assessment by Ministry of Gender and Social Development.
 
We were very pleased with the response from our members who filled the application forms within the stipulated time. We then sent the forms to the PS, MGLSD and requested for an officer to be assigned to assist UHOA members in complying with the new law.
 
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Mr. Nicholas Ssesinde the OSHMIS Specialist at the MGLSD who will be in charge of all UHOA member hotels during the registration and assessment of all our hotels. 
 
As communicated last year, please find re-attached, the registration forms for all hotels who have not yet submitted their forms to us. For hotels outside of Kampala, kindly scan and email to the secretariat. Hotels in Kampala can bring the forms in person and we shall deliver them to Mr. Ssesinde at MGLSD for assessment. 
 
Please note that assessment of your hotel is per statutory instrument( Regulation) to assess the amount to be paid on registration(Specifically Page 23 and item 11 & 12). This is attached  below for your review and attention;.
 
 
Hotels which are already graded, the amount to pay is attached. For all hotels which are not yet graded, UHOA will will work with you and MGLSD to make a fair assessment on your behalf. Please make sure you let us know so that we can assist. If you also feel the assessment of your hotel is not fair, please let me know and ill engage with Mr. Ssesinde on how we can assist.
 
Please find below Mr. Ssesinde's contact details should you wish to contact him directly for any assistance and clarification. He is also copied on this email and can be reached online.
 
Nicholas Ssesinde
OSHMIS Specialist
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
Tel: 0701903118 /0782903119
 

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