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Fort Portal in Hotel Business Boom

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The hotel and hospitality business in Fort Portal town is undergoing a boom.
Over the past five years the number of hotels in the Rwenzori Mountains town has grown to more than 20. They range from low-end inns to world-class hotels and tourist lodges. The most recent entrants are Fort Motel, Sunrise Apartments, Cornerstone Hotel, Rwenzori Standard Hotel and the Banyatereza Sisters' Hotel.
David Mugisa, owner of Rwenzori Standard Hotel, says the location of Fort Portal makes it ideal for the hotel and hospitality business. It is a gateway into the Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks as well as to the Semliki Valley National Park in Bundibugyo.
Mugisa says that despite the recent global economic downturn investment in hotels in Fort Portal is growing because of the evident demand for tourist accommodation.
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Paul Kasende, Executive Director of Fort Portal Private Sector Foundation, says investment in hotels has also been encouraged by the availability of land. He says several land owners in Kabarole are willing to sell and lease their land for large-scale commercial developments.
Tom Mboijana, the General Manager of Rwenzori Travelers Inn, calls for caution despite the economic signs. He says he has seen many businesses in Fort Portal fail because they didn't have a good business development plans are were not financially stable.
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The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry website names Kabarole as one of the focus districts to which government will channel investments for tourism development.

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