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Growth in city luxury hotels to boost tourism

This year is set to be busy for Kenya’s hotel industry as several global brands line up to open their doors in Kenya, with more than 19 new hotels so far being put up.

These international hotel chains raise the country’s luxury bed count to 3,453 units. The anticipated new rooms are nearly double those that were in the pipeline in 2016 as global brands continue to set up shop in the region.

The W Hospitality Report 2017 shows that in Nairobi alone at least 2,737 rooms will be completed in the next five years, with brands such as Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi set to enter the market. Additional units by Radisson, Marriot, Ramada and Best Western brands are expected to open their doors in the country by 2021.

“There is an increasing pipeline of hotels and this has made Kenya to be named as one of the next hotspots for luxury hotel investments. Kenya is expected to register strong growth in luxury hotels as sub-Saharan Africa continues to be popular with luxury travellers,” reads the report.

Some of the hotels under development include the mixed use Cytonn Towers in Kilimani, Nairobi, expected to have 180 hotel rooms and the Sh2.3 billion, Hilton Garden Inn along Mombasa Road that will have 171 rooms.

The Sh10 billion Avic complex will sit on a 7.5-acre plot in Westlands – bordering Villa Rosa Kempinski, ARM Cement headquarters and the upcoming Mirage Towers in Westlands. Built by Chinese manufacturing giant Avic International, it is set to have 365 rooms. This is expected to be followed by the completion of a three-star hotel facility Azure Best Western, along Mombasa Road at Signature mall, which will open for guests by May.

The hotel will occupy the two upper floors of the development, and will have 70 elegantly designed and fully furnished rooms and serviced apartments to suit the requirements of contemporary business and leisure travellers.

“We recognise the urban population and businesses around Signature Mall as part of our integral target market. Of importance is our proximity to JKIA, making it possible to extend our reach to various travellers on either long stays or lay-overs,” said Azure Hospitality Group CEO, Vikram Khettry.

According to Cytonn Investments, the growth of luxury hotels in the country is supported by increased number of international tourism arrivals and aggressive marketing by Kenya Tourism Board and growth of conference tourism.

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