Hotels Cut Prices For Papal Visit

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19 hotels in Kampala have offered special prices to visitors during the visit of the Pope in November.

Top hotels in Kampala have partnered with the Catholic Church and government to offer special rates during the papal visit. 

19 hotels and apartments say they are offering the rates to boost tourism during the papal visit and generate business interests beyond the visit.

The Executive Director of Uganda Hotel Owners Association, Jean Byamugisha says the hotel owners want to encourage more visitors to come to Uganda.

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Byamugisha says the target is to have many guests during the Pope's visit.

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The Country Sales Manager for Kampala Serena Hotel, Allen Ampaire says through the special rates, they are targeting the promotion of tourism in the country. 

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At Kampala Serena Hotel, deluxe rooms that cost 350 US dollars have been reduced to 298 dollars, executive rooms from 420 to 378 dollars, executive suites from 570 to 552 dollars and business suites from 670 to 661 US dollars.

Other hotels offering the special rates include Sheraton Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel, Hotel Africana, Golf Course Hotel, Silver Springs Hotel, Imperial Royale, Speke Resort Munyonyo, Protea Kampala, among others.

At Sheraton Hotel Kampala, normal rate for an executive room goes for US Dollars 245 and a club room goes at 250 US Dollars, but during the papal visit, the rates have been lowered to 200 and 210 US Dollars respectively. A diplomatic suite that cost 650 dollars on normal booking has been reduced to 349 US Dollars and an extra two dollars for VAT.

The special rates take effect from mid-November to the early December, 2015. 

Byamugisha says after the papal visit, the hotels will embark on festive season promotions targeting local guests.

Pope Francis is expected in the country on 27th - 29th November. He will first visit Kenya, and then proceed to Central African Republic from Uganda.