Victoria University and Speke Group of Hotels Sign a Partnership to strengthen the Hospitality industry
KAMPALA – Victoria University and Speke Group of Hotels have this evening signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will strengthen the Hospitality industry in East Africa. Speke Group of Hotels is part of the Ruparelia Group of Companies that include; Speke Resort Munyonyo, Common Wealth Resort, Kabira Country Club, Speke Hotel, Forest Cottages, Dolphin Suites, Tagore Apartments, Speke Apartments, Kitante Apartments and Bukoto Heights Apartments.
Speaking at Speke Apartments, Dr Stephen Asiimwe, the Chief Executive Officer at Uganda Tourism Board saluted Government of Uganda for pacifying the country hence ushering in the security and stability that has led to the growth of Uganda’s Tourism Sector.
“In the last two (2) years, tourist numbers have gone up by 25% which is as a result of a number of factors among which are improved security and the efforts of the hired Public Relations and Marketing firms like PHG Consulting for North America (Canada & USA), Kamageo for UK and Ireland, and KPRN for Germany, Austria and Switzerland” noted Dr Stephen Asiimwe
The overall objective of hiring these PR firms was to promote Uganda as a prime tourism travel destination and to increase tourism arrivals, overall spend and length of stay in the country.
“As Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) we will continue working closely not only with the PR firms but also sector players like Speke Group of Hotels in a bid to build and empower local tourism business as well as make individual companies better players on the international market”
“Tourism has become the single most powerful sector to Uganda’s economy as a result of improved security which has thus led to increase in the number of tourists” added Stephen Asiimwe.
Vice Chancellor, Dr Krishna N. Sharma had prior to the partnership signing noted that the Bachelors of Tourism and Hotel Management course at Victoria University welcomes students into the exciting and diverse hospitality and tourism industry. While providing an understanding of the scope and complexity of the industry, the course covers key hospitality issues, management definitions.
“We want the hospitality industry to be part of evaluation and must add, we are excited to sign this MoU as it will not only be beneficial to Speke Group of Hotels but Uganda’s hospitality sector as well” added Dr Krishna.
Mr Anthony Chege, the General Manager Kampala Serena Hotel noted that the service industry was not any different from a marriage. He emphasized the need for integrity and called for Managers who are servants.
With the partnership signed, Speke Group of Hotels will offer internship placements from where the students will gain practical experience, said Amit Sach.
The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by among others, the Chancellor Victoria University Prof Aliker Martin, Dr. Matovu Byatike – Chairman University Council, Naiya & Rajiv Ruparelia, Sheena & Jay Sakaria.