Nicholas Twejukye the manager Ataco country resort in Kasese Town told URN reporter that after the presidential directive most clients cancelled their earlier hotel booking.
Some of the biggest hotels like White House closed thier businesses
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Hotel owners in Kasese District are feeling the pinch of the lock down.
The immediate impact of the lock down is on the proprietors and
employees of hotels who have to bear high costs of rent and living without
Nicholas Twejukye the manager Ataco Country Resort in Kasese Town says that
after the president’s directives most clients cancelled their bookings.
Twejukye says that though the restaurant remains open, they get
“True the lockdown has already had a big impact on our business, there are no
customers and even our bar wing closed,” Twejukye says.
Twejukye is worried that this impact may stretch down for months even after the
lockdown since people will still be trying to cope up financially.
"Of course even after the lockdown people will be sorting their issues
like rents, school fees and others," he notes.
Sadam Musinguzi from great lakes food hub in Kasese says the number of their
clients drastically reduced after the directive.
Musinguzi says they are worried that the impact of the lockdown will go far to
affect the industry.
"Even if the lockdown ends, we don't expect that people will come back
there and then, they will have a period to settle before they start to
spend." Musinguzi urges.
Carol Nsimenta working with Uhuru 50 says they had to close
down some of their services since they lost customers after the lock down.
Jovia Mbambu the Kasese District tourism officer acknowledges the
challenges hotels are facing.
However, she challenges proprietors to open up online businesses so that they
can be in a position to reach out to a vast number of customers during the lockdown.
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Though there remains a sizable number of hotels are restaurants open in town, most
are largely empty with no customers.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in the communication arena.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic, an advocate for independent journalism and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Distri