I told them..

I told them you really can’t charge 200 United States Dollars a night..and they said what?..’mbu it is Sheraton Hotel. I told them simple economics tells me that you would rather have the hotel full at 80 Dollars a night with breakfast and dinner than have a tenth of the rooms being used at 200 dollars a night running the same bills and paying the same amount of staff. It really didn’t make sense to me 9 years ago to sell a slice of cheesecake at shs.7500 Ugandan currency..this time round i didn’t bother with looking for Cheese cake.

Anyway, looking back the times I went to Sheraton Hotel as a kid in the early 90’s on that once in awhile weekend treat, it was to have a soda and some cake but the thing that suprised was that there were several waiters and waitresses having about, I thought ‘wow, these places actually do have many waiters’  I look back now and realise that probably it was because they have few guests at the hotel that they all had to lounge around. Travel-lodge hotel is a hotel brand here, more like what you would call the lodges and local hotels in Uganda but they have 70,000 hotel rooms and 25£ a night, and they are on demand because not everyone can afford the 5000 a night 5star hotel, but just imagine if on a given night all rooms are occupied just for one night..one night..that’s a lil over 1 million pounds in the bank for them in one day!!Now count a a week, a month, a year..do you see where i am heading with this?

What the hotels need to do is offer a service to Ugandans, attract the locals to use the hotels..there should be no reason why our locals should be heading to other countries for honeymoons, holidays, birthdays, Easter breaks, Independence breaks,Martyrs days break, Christmas break, Labour day break, Women’s day break, Liberation day break, New Year’s day break…gosh with all these holidays in Uganda hoteliers should not even complain about lack of business!!

Hotels are going to be doomed in Uganda, left for the conferences which happen once a year or like CHOGM will come back to us after a century which is a long, long time in hotel hours!! So unless the locals like you and me are attracted to go to these ‘fancy hotels’ they shall forever be ‘nice buildings standing grand on hills’

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Today going through the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow was an eye-opener. It is so huge that there are several shops in there that you can practically go in, shop your whole wardrobe, a few electronics, pack your travel suitcases and buy an airticket and board your flight shortly, unless you have to wait for long then you can always book into a hotel nearby and wait for your flight later on. There are so many restaurants and food courts you can eat at, if Terminal 5 was our very own ‘Entebbe International Airport’ , it would be proggie* to drive to Entebbe and just hang out there. Imagine our ‘newly refurbished’ Ebbs isn’t a quater of Terminal 5..seriously..just one Terminal is bigger than a whole international airport! And it isn’t only terminal 5..even 4 and 3..

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China’ olympics..the opening ceremony..I don’t care whether you were there in person, i know i had a better experience watching it on TV..all I can say is that China made a statement, and the whole universe heard..and saw..I feel sorry for these Brits, they are next in line to host the Olympics in 2012 and companies which promised to fund are pulling out because they have been hit so bad by the credit crunch they are calling for insolvency and the Olympic committee chaps have overspent and by the way, this was way before the one in Beijing had started!! I have an idea, why don’t they let China run it again..or we could give it to Uganda, but no wait..that will give our dear president reason to stand again but he already has reason enough now..

Then today there was a documentary on John Akii Bua’s life, apparently he wrote down his whole life story in 12 exercise books(i don’t want to imagine they were Picfare) but before he died, he gave them to his Coach and the end product is quite masterclass. His story is one of hardwork, passion before ending in self destruct, betrayal and depression..to the world a tragedy, to some bears a striking resemblance to a Shakespearan play..

 

Have a great week..

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6 Comments

  1. jasmine said,

    August 11, 2008 at 5:15 am

    that opening ceremony was something else! china rules! The Brits should beg china to do the next opening ceremony. nothing will ever measure up!

  2. tumwijuke said,

    August 11, 2008 at 7:41 am

    So yeah, Terminal 5 is what and what, but did you get your luggage back?

  3. Tandra said,

    August 11, 2008 at 10:50 am

    u 2!!

  4. chanelno5 said,

    August 11, 2008 at 11:05 am

    And to think you come here once in a blue moon. I had my nouth open all the way to the end of that beautiful show. I was impressed that they were wearing their traditional clothing not like Ugandans in track suites at the CHOGM Opening. Is there anthing we are proud of in Uganda?

  5. Zack said,

    August 14, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Simple economics my man -many times we fail to use that to our advantage- and I guess that’s why the Asians keep making the buck even until the wee hours of the night all around the world. Another allegory for you, did you ever consider the famous Chinese product, “double happiness”, that matchbox i mean! How much it costs, and why it’s still in business! You raise a good point. Now how soon can we get our friends at Starwood Hotels to read this and (hopefully) apply the simple economics to their business in Kampala!

  6. mphoebe said,

    August 27, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I want terminal 5. I want me some proggie.
    Great post


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