RECONSTRUCTION OF USHS 24.5 BILLION UGANDA HOTEL TOURISM & TRAINING INSTITUTE IN JINJA KICKS OFF.

A ground breaking ceremony has taken place today to kick start the reconstruction of Uganda Hotel Tourism and Training Institute (UHTTI) also known as the Crested Crane Hotel in Jinja. The re-development of Uganda Hotel & Tourism Training Institute is aimed at skilling the tourism sector’s labor force to meet world class standards. The structure is going to be comprised of 50 bedrooms and will be constructed without shutting down the existing facility. The project will cost Shs 24.5 Bn funded by the World Bank. The construction of the 50-bedroom facility will be undertaken by ROKO Construction Ltd. While officiating at the event, the Minister for Tourism Prof Kamuntu said that "this is phase one! We look forward to continuous progress - a journey of a thousand miles begins today! To UHTTI Jinja; you must therefore aim at being the leading tourism training institute as well as have a quality a curriculum to train competitive human resource." “Most of the Managers in our Hotels are foreigners, not because we aren’t equally good but because we lacked competent institutions to train our people in these skills. Today therefore is a landmark in the journey we have been trekking” Prof Ephraim Kamuntu,the Tourism Minister said at the ceremony. “This is phase one! We look forward to continuous progress – a journey of a thousand miles begins today! To the institute,you must therefore aim at being the leading tourism training institute as well as have a quality a curriculum to train competitive human resource” he added. In her remarks, the PS to the Ministry Mrs Doreen Katusiime said that the skills to be gained from the revamped & better equipped UHTTI-Jinja will be of International standard & are expected to bridge the skills gap that had beleaguered our sector for long. "Today marks a new beginning as we usher @httijinja into a place that produces highly qualified & competent Human Resource for the 🇺🇬Hospitality Industry" - Patricia Sempa, Board Chair. The Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI) started in mid of 1980’s after a feasibility study under the project UNDP/ILO/UG/30.The institute was established at Fairway Hotel in Kampala in 1989 as a pilot school under the ILO/UNDP. When Fairway Hotel was repossessed by its original owners in 1991, ILO/UNDP pulled out of the project, leaving it entirely to the Government of Uganda. JINJA CITY MEDIA

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