Kenya’s hospitality industry set for massive growth

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Kenya is readying for growth in its hospitality sector, estimating that the country will gain an additional 4,000 hotel beds in the next five years.

According to Keziah Odemba, Kenya’s Director of Tourism several international and upcoming brands have announced plans of setting up in the country, predicting good tidings for the hospitality industry and for the country’s economy as these brands will be a direct source for tourists from their niche markets thereby adding to the total visitor numbers.

Odemba added that the expected multi-billion shilling investments among them by Swiss Lenana Motel, Radisson Blu, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Golden Tulip, Amber, Ibis Styles show Kenya’s tourism projections are positive.

Last year Kenya received 1.1 million tourists mainly entering Kenya for business and leisure, with 2017’s projects currently set at 1.4 million.

About 937,000 tourists were hosted on holiday, 78,000 were business travellers and a further 136,000 tourists visiting for other reasons.