Sudhir Ruparelia’s plans to construct a new-5 star hotel at Ssese Island on Lake Victoria have received plaudits from State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda saying the new development will go a long way in boosting Uganda’s tourism sector.
In January, Ruparelia announced he was going to spend $10m to construct a luxurious Ssese Gateway Beach Resort and Conference center. Ruparelia said the hotel will give both Ugandans and foreigners new options in regards to accommodation, meals, beverages and conference facilities.
“We need more hotels in the country to reduce the cost of accommodation,” the minister recently told Business Focus in an interview. Kiwanda encouraged hotel owners to make partnerships with international hotel brand managers so that its gates will be opened to more visitors. “We also need international brands to set up here and this can be achieved through partnerships,” the minister said.
Ruparelia noted that the hotel will provide a number of employment opportunities and contribute to national development.
“The construction of the new hotel is estimated to take a period of three years. It will consist of 350 guest rooms. This will boost the country’s tourism sector and create more jobs for Ugandans. We want to give both Ugandans and foreign visitors something new and contribute to national development,” Sudhir said.