Much of the activities in the oil and gas industry other than exploration have happened in boardrooms and hotel conference rooms. This will continue to happen especially now that Uganda is putting final touches to oil journey.
This trend puts hotels especially those with five star rating in a good position to tap into the much anticipated oil money. Actually, some hotels have cashed in on the oil money ever since the hydrocarbons where discovered in the country in 2006.
Now that the industry is waking up from unprecedented inactivity, hotels are positioning themselves to embrace these executive meetings, conferences, seminars and offering guests to international visitors or expats working in the country.
Industry players repeatedly have been told that the time to mint oil money is now. Mr. Elly Karuhanga, the former president of Tullow Oil Uganda once told a gathering that Uganda’s central bank will count more money than they have ever counted in their lives because of oil and gas.
With over $20bn expected to be invested in the oil business – the ripple effects will felt, especially in hospitality industry as stakeholder meet to plan for this investment. Hotels will be the new homes for over 10, 000 who will come to work in the industry.
It is only prudent that hotels put in place in the necessitated capacities to do the job right.
In an interview with The Earthfinds Magazine, Mr. Greg Petzer, the General Manager of Speke Resort & Conference Centre and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort said they are upgrading their facilities to stay up to date with world class standards. The two 5 star hotels are conveniently located 12 km from the capital Kampala, Uganda.
Mr. Petzer added that they are creating reliable facilities which the sector can continue using to ensure that their requirements are met. Uganda’s oil lifespan is esteemed to be 25 years from the year when first oil comes out of the earth. However, renewed exploration if successful will push further this lifespan but a yet to be determined.
“The oil and gas industry will most definitely have an impact on the
economy in general and will therefore automatically provide benefits to the
hotel industry,” Mr. Petzer said in an email interview.
“We have hosted small to medium meetings at Speke Resort for the oil
and gas sector, the feedback was very good and we look forward to continued
business from this sector.” Mr. Pezter testified, adding that the resort offers the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa
The resort has 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-functional meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10-300 people. The Business Centre offers internet surfing, faxing, photocopying and electronic mail services.
To remain in the loop Speke Resort and the Commonwealth Resort conveniently located on the shores of Lake Victoria is improving its infrastructure and making access to the luxurious resort easier. The resort is ideal for business or leisure travelers who appreciate the luxury of space and modern architecture.
Recently, Speke Resort added to its ultimate and luxury world class accommodation services another category of 45 Superior Rooms to its huge inventory, making it 472 rooms in total now.
Speke Resort offers seven different categories of rooms such as Presidential Suites (59), Executive Suites, Presidential Cottages, One Bedroom Suites, Executive Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and newly constructed Superior Rooms.
The Superior Rooms have four king size beds, LED TV, digital safe, spacious balcony, air conditioning, cubicles and state of the art bathroom with a walk in shower on top of regular facilities. Guests have an option of taking interconnecting Superior Rooms.
With 20 indoor and several outdoor conference and meeting venues, Speke Resort prides itself as the leading conference facility in Uganda, having successfully hosted countless high profile and International conferences.
Together with Government, Mr. Petzer says, all hotels offering conference facilities should work closely together to ensure that more medium to large events are held in Uganda.
Another hotel which is preparing for oil is cash, having tasted it already, is Kabira Country Club which is superbly located in plush Bukoto, a city suburb. Mr. Vismay Maniyar in an interview confirmed that they are up for what the industry demands.
“We have held many oil and gas conference organized by the big companies in the oil and gas business like Total E&P, Tullow Oil and many other companies, Mr. Maniyar confessed during the interview at the hotel.
“Many people from the world over have shown interest in Kabira Country Club especially because they know that this is something which is big and it is well situated and it is safe here. Oil companies have shown interest in us and it has helped us to grow,” he added.
“We get international delegates and clients coming in for all kinds of conferences from different parts of the world. This helps in developing the country because as pioneers in the hotel business in Uganda, people prefer us because for our standards, quality services and good rates.” Mr Maniyar bragged.
The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation options from Single room, double rooms to three bedroom duplex Penthouse. The rooms and Suites offer 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Satelite TV, bathtub and many other amenities.
Away from conference, meetings and accommodation, Kabira has world class sporting and recreational facilities a fully equipped gym which cater for a wide range of fitness and wellness needs. The hotel has 2 heated swimming pools, 3 squash courts, a sports field, four clay floodlit tennis court and floodlit basketball court and spa.