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Name: Protea Hotel Entebbe
Use: Business Class Hotel
Floors: ?
Status: Under Construction. First phase opens in November 2007, the second phase opens in Early 2008
Location: Entebbe, Uganda


PROTEA HOTELS EXPAND UGANDA OFFERING IN ENTEBBE - March 2007

Protea Hotels has announced that in addition to Protea Hotel Kampala, which is about to open its doors, the group will also be adding a second hotel in Entebbe, Uganda. Situated close to Kampala, Entebbe is on the shores of Lake Victoria, ideally located to cater for both the business and leisure market, and will ultimately double Protea’s offering in this African country. “Uganda has a growing economy and is forging a place within the geo-tourism sector, competing with its East African counterparts that have traditionally dominated the tourism sector,” explained Aart van der Heijden, Protea Hotels Regional Director.

The hotel, which is part of the Protea groups aggressive African expansion programme, will be developed in two phases. The first phase, consisting of 195 rooms, is scheduled to open ahead of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting in November this year. The second phase is planned for completion nearing the early half of 2008 and will consist of 600 rooms, bringing the hotels’ total capacity to 795 rooms.

The hotel will include a public swimming pool and entertainment complex, helicopter landing pad and botanical gardens. In addition to this, the hotel will also have a conference centre with facilities to cater for up to 5 000 delegates with associated parking facilities and restaurants and the public food court with outsourced restaurants. “The conference centre is expected to attract both local and regional conferences with delegates from throughout Africa, and the world, especially considering the hotels’ proximity to the capital city, Kampala,” concluded Van der Heijden.
 

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Uganda seems to be the main attraction for hotel construction in East Africa of late. I'd like to see a render of the project. Judging from the number of rooms, im suspecting a tower hotel like hotel Ivoire in Cote d'Ivoire. This will definitely be the regions largest hotel.:banana: :banana:
 

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I made a mistake, It will be the biggest hotel in Sub Saharan Africa.
Yes it will even top the now closed 40-storey Johannnesburg Sun & Towers which used to have 792 rooms when it was a five-star hotel until it was downgraded in 1992 and closed down in 1998. I hope this hotel won't become a white elephant like the Johannesburg Sun or the Hotel Ivoire in Ivory Coast.
 

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Yes it will even top the now closed 40-storey Johannnesburg Sun & Towers which used to have 792 rooms when it was a five-star hotel until it was downgraded in 1992 and closed down in 1998. I hope this hotel won't become a white elephant like the Johannesburg Sun or the Hotel Ivoire in Ivory Coast.
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I also fear the same might happen. Other than the fact that Entebbe is the main entry point into Uganda by air, there isnt much of tourism in the area save for Lake victoria and Kampala city (30 minutes away) to warrant such a major project. Though some 5 star hotels in the area have capitalized on hosting conferences. It may have been more suitable in Kampala itself or upcoming tourist destinations such as Jinja (along the Nile river).
 

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Hey mosi why exactly was it closed down?
The decline of business in the city centre of Johannesburg since the 1980's and the rise of crime, muggings and carjackings had destroyed the client base for the Johannesburg Sun & Towers as well as the 663-room Carlton Hotel, which until 1988 was managed as a Westin Hotel. There was a mass flight of business from the city centre to the suburbs such as Sandton and Rosebank, where most of the international hotels are now located. By the 1990's the city centre business had collapsed causing the two hotels to close down while similar hotels were built in the posh northern suburbs such as the 329-room Sandton Hilton and the 244-room Park Hyatt Rosebank. Since the World Summit 2002 the decline has started to reverse and today there is a major rennaissance going on in the city centre although it would probably take 10-15 years for it to reverse the decay to a point where there is a market for hotels of that size if ever.
 

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Is the Johannesburg Sun and Towers still vacant? (both towers)
 

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Is the Johannesburg Sun and Towers still vacant? (both towers)
Yes it is although there are talks of reopening the 116-room Towers section as a three or four star hotel with the help of Tanzanian investors.
 
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