Kenya hotel operators optimistic about hitting pre-COVID levels

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) survey, conducted on 73 hotels in Nairobi, Naivasha, Mombasa, Mara Game Reserve and Amboseli National Park, said that over the past months, there has been an improvement in the share of foreign clientele in both accommodation and restaurant services, renewing hopes of high business

By The Weekly Vision Online

A considerable number of hotel operators in Kenya expect to attain pre-COVID-19 levels of operations by December, with optimism rising following increased vaccinations locally and globally, said a new survey of the sector seen Tuesday.

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) survey, conducted on 73 hotels in Nairobi, Naivasha, Mombasa, Mara Game Reserve and Amboseli National Park, said that over the past months, there has been an improvement in the share of foreign clientele in both accommodation and restaurant services, renewing hopes of high business. “This is supported by the continued reduction in international travel restrictions as countries intensify COVID-19 vaccination,” said the apex bank. Kenya received 305,635 international tourists in the first half of the year, which was more than the total arrivals in 2020.

The third quarter was boosted by the country hosting the World Athletics U20 Championships, with hotels recording increased foreign visitors. Since the start of 2021, local guests have been taking up 80 per cent of accommodation and restaurant services. Despite the optimism, players in the tourism sector are concerned with increased risks related to the possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections arising from the enhanced political activities in the country.

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