The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has kicked off a retooling training of district health inspectors on the minimum standards for accommodation and restaurant facilities. The training comes ahead of the hotel inspections scheduled for later this month.
According to Stephen Asiimwe, the Chief Executive Officer of UTB, this training is to prepare the country for registration and inspection of accommodation establishments which will later lead to grading and classification.
“District health inspectors have been retooled on the details to look out for wherever they visit a hotel/accommodation facility. As we work with the local government, the expectation is that there is particular attention paid to detail during inspections. This will be vital in increasing tourist numbers while ensuring value for money,” Mr. Asiimwe said.
The training will traverse the Eastern region of Jinja, Mbale and Tororo where sensitization workshops will cover over 150 health inspectors in the 21 districts.
“Once implemented, this will translate into improved hotel and restaurant standards, increased service delivery in the industry, and will also inform investors on compliance. Furthermore, consistency in service delivery will result into better star ratings in the country, customer retention and increased tourist stays, all which is significant to ensuring economic growth in the tourism sector.
The tourism industry currently contributes 10 per cent to gross domestic product, making it Uganda’s leading foreign exchange earner. The industry rakes in more than $1.4b (Shs5.1 trillion) annually and is projected to earn about Shs10 trillion ($2.7b) by 2020.