The end of year is looking up for the hotel and tourism industry, with operators recording occupancy rates as high as 80 per cent ahead of Christmas festivities.
PrideInn Hotels Group Managing Director Hasnain Noorani says domestic tourists are trooping to hotels for business and leisure on the back of improved infrastructure, boosted by the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway.
Two PrideInn Hotel Beach resorts, PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort with 236 rooms and a conference centre facility with 2,500 capacity and Flamingo by PrideInn (138 rooms) with over 400 rooms are already recording brisk business.
Together with the two business hotels, PrideInn Mombasa, PrideInn Nyali and Diani, the group of hotels records now has an occupancy rate of 80 per cent, 60 per cent of it being domestic tourism.
“Projections for the last quarter look good, with next year looking equally fantastic. We thank local tourism and our business model that focuses and offers value to local tourists,” said Noorani.
The launch of the Madaraka Express Train has been a big blessing to the hotel industry at the Coast as the cost of going to Mombasa is much more affordable to support tourism.
“From the SGR numbers, uptake from local tourists has been very good. We have seen a 20 per cent immediate growth in tourism after the launch of SGR,” he said.
Noorani said the historic infrastructure has had a major significance in driving Mombasa county’s economy to attract companies seeking to hold team buildings, meetings and conferences without worrying about the cost of travel hustles.