The mandate of UHTTI is derived from statute No.14 of 1999 and the universities and other tertiary institutions Act of 2001. Cabinet memorandum CT (2010) 109 further spelled out the principles for a bill for re-establishment of UHTTI under the Ministry of Tourism. UHTTI is mandated to;
- Organize and conduct courses in Tourism, Hotel management and Catering and to make provision for Advancement, Transmission and Preservation of Knowledge.
- Conduct examination and grant Certificates, Diplomas and other higher awards of the institute.
- To consult and cooperate with any body or organisation in or outside Uganda having similar functions.
The leading centre of excellence in "hands-on" training in Uganda for Tourism and the Hospitality Industry.
To produce a highly skilled and competent workforce for the National and International Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
The Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI) started in mid of 1980's after a feasibility study under the project UNDP/ILO/UG/30
The institute was established at Fairway Hotel in Kampala in 1989 as a pilot school under the ILO/UNDP. When Fairway Hotel was repossessed by its original owners in 1991, ILO/UNDP pulled out of the project, leaving it entirely to the Government of Uganda.
Government enacted Statute No.14 of September 1994 that established the present Hotel and Tourism Training Institute and transferred the former Crested Crane Hotel and all its assets to the new Institute. The Statute commenced in 1994, and the institute resumed training in mid 1996 at Crested Crane Hotel in Jinja, 80kms East of Kampala, with a new management under Ministry of Wild Life and Antiquities, later Ministry of, Tourism, Trade and Industry.
The Statute however, was replaced by section 130, sub-section 1 and 2 of the Universities and other Tertiary Institution's Act, April 2001 that commenced on the 6th of April 2001. The Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, fully owned by the Uganda Government, was in 1998 transferred to the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) as its line Ministry. It was upgraded through the world Bank PAMSU Project Phase1.
In November 2007, following Cabinet directive, UHTTI was again tranferred back to the Ministry of Tourism Trade and Industry.