Christmas Hotel Bookings Hit Low in Fort-Portal

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Hotels in Fort Portal are registering low turn up of guests this festive season.

Christmas hotel bookings in Fort portal town have been rather low this season, according to Hoteliers in the town. Some hotels visited by Uganda Radio Network on Saturday had few or no guests at all. 

At Mountains of the Moon Hotel, Mark Magara, the operations manager says that they are disappointed with the low turn up of the guests. Magara says that only seven rooms had been booked compared to 35 rooms booked at the same time last year. 

He says that despite the discounts on  food, drinks and swimming, the response has been too low. He blames the low turn up on the high inflation.

//Cue in: “this Christmas not so many…”
Cue out: “…people don’t have money.”//

At Fort Motel, only three out of the fifteen rooms had been booked. George Mwesige, the manager says that the hotel management spent lots of money on adverts on radio and in newspapers, for the Christmas offers, but the response has been poor.

Mwesige says that they are planning  to reduce on the costs of accommodation and meals to attract guests to the hotel.

Just a handful of tourists had booked into Rwenzori Travelers Inn. Gerald Amanyiire, the manager says that even the few guests have booked for just a few days.

//Cue in: “we expected a big number…”
Cue out: “…I think money is a problem”//

At Raja Excelsior Hotel, management of the hotel has reduced the accomodation fee to entice guests. But this too didnt play the magic. Some rooms were reduced from 65,000 shillings to 40,000 shillings, while the cost of a double room was reduced to 100,000 shillings up from 130,000 shillings.

Investment in the hotel business in Fort Portal is growing because of high demand for tourist accommodation. The town is also a gateway into the Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks as well as to the Semliki Valley National Park in Bundibugyo.
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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

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