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Hilton in Kampala still on schedule

KAMPALA, Uganda--Hilton Hotels & Resorts, formerly Hilton Hotels, an international chain of full service hotels and resorts, has denied reports that they have pulled out of their partnership with Aya Group to set up Hilton Hotel Kampala.

“There is no truth in the rumour that Hilton Worldwide has withdrawn its interest in Kampala.  The company is working closely with the owners to complete development of the hotel.

“We will confirm expected opening date in due course,” Elaine Reed, the Hilton Hotels Senior Corporate Communications Manager for Middle East and Africa told East African Business Week in an email.

Reports had indicated that due to the prolonged completion of the delays in construction of the Aya Tower in Kampala, which will have the Hilton franchise, Hilton Hotels and Resorts had withdrawn the offer.

The hotel was supposed to be part of a crop new establishments to accommodate visitors during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala in November 2007.

The hotel, located on the highest point of Nakasero Hill, will offer guests an uncomparable panoramic view of Kampala.

According to the Aya Group Chairman, Mohammed Hamid, as of April 2012, the total construction cost for the property was estimated at about $150 million.

Aya Investments Limited, a subsidiary of the Aya Group, has chosen the towering structure as a flagship of Group operations.

By Paul Tentena, Monday, December 16th, 2013