Intercontinental Group to Open Hotel in Uganda

The Intercontinental Hotel Group is set to open a hotel in Kampala seeking to cash in on the growing demand for accommodation, conference facilities and hotels in Uganda.

The $80 million investment, with a capacity of 303 rooms and 34 suites, is currently under construction by Kingdom Kampala, a company owned by Dubai-based Azure Holdings Ltd.

The Intercontinental group in a partnership with Kingdom Kampala is set to run the hotel.

The arrival of Intercontinental in Kampala is expected to bring competition for other international brands such as Sheraton, Serena, Protea and Hilton.

Sawan Ravani, director of Kingdom Kampala, says Intercontinetal plans to build the city’s largest conference centre to compete with the market’s big names.

The combined number of rooms in the big hotels in Uganda has grown to 6,800 from 1,800 in 2007. Most of the hotels are located in Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala.

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