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Uganda Hotels urged to cut charges

The Uganda Member of Parliament for Mbale Municipality Wanga Wamai has urged big hotels in Uganda to reduce charges for people attending international events organized by Uganda government to save Uganda tax payers money.

Wamai remarks comes at a time when Uganda is planning to host the African Union (AU) Summit due on 19th and 27th July 2010.

Kampala Serena Hotel

Kampala Serena Hotel

Uganda recently hosted the International Criminal Court Review Conference (ICC) and the Common Wealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in 2007 which attracted a lot of profits to Uganda’s Hotel sector.

Uganda hotel owners in recent months have been crying foul over reduced customers leading to low profits. Some hotels were closed including the Hassan Bassajabalaba owned Recency Hotel in Kampala suburb of Bakuli.

The low business in the Hotel sector led to loss of jobs as some workers were laid off leading to increased unemployment and low government revenues from the Uganda Hotel sector.

It is most likely that Uganda hotels will charge highly in the coming AU summit to recover losses accrued during periods of low business.

Uganda is likely to host about 4, 000 guests including heads of African governments in the fourth coming AU summit next month.

By Zacharia Tiberindwa, Ultimate Media

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