31 new hotels coming up in Kenya before year end

31 new hotels coming up in Kenya before year end
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31 new hotels coming up in Kenya before year end

Thursday March 28 2024

President William Ruto (centre) accompanied by Marriott International Sub-Saharan Africa Area Vice President Richard Collins (left) and AVIC International Holding Corporation Chairman Lai Wexan cut a ribbon during the official opening of the JW Marriott Hotel at GTC in Nairobi on March 26, 2024. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIRU | NMG

Kenya has 31 new hotels in the pipeline this year with a total of 4,268 rooms, a new report says, signalling the continual recovery of the tourism and hospitality sector even as visitor numbers keep soaring.

This will mark a rise from 25 new units that were set up in 2023, according to the latest Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Africa report from the W Hospitality Group. It shows ongoing and planned construction will bring an extra 4,268 rooms, adding to the 3,729 units recorded last year.

Read: Hilton opens new luxury Nairobi hotel after CBD exit

In 2023, Marriott International Group opened JW Marriot Lodge in Maasai Mara with 20 rooms. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts opened doors to its 128-room service suites in Nairobi.

Thailand’s Dusit International reopened Dusit Princess Residences Westlands with 100 rooms and CityBlue’s c3 opened Cowrie Shell Residences in Mombasa with 15 rooms.

Increased investment in hospitality comes as the industry continues to recover from the shocks of the Covid-19 menace that was first reported in the country in early 2020.

Some of the hotels in the pipeline this year are Kwetu Nairobi, and Curio Collection by Hilton located in the city’s Gigiri area.

The JW Marriott Hotel is the latest addition to Nairobi’s grand hospitality portfolio boasting an exclusive view of the city as it becomes the tallest hotel in the city with 35 storeys. It is the second of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio in Kenya after JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge opened in February last year.

“Being the largest hotel company in the world, Africa remains a key focus region for Wyndham Hotel & Resorts…New focus markets include Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Cameroon, Angola, Mozambique, and DR Congo, to name just a few,” said Govind Mundra Head of Development, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Read: Dusit to open new hotel in Nairobi’s Westlands, eyes rising

The Ministry of Tourism data shows tourist arrivals in Kenya exhibited an increase from 1.48 million in 2022 to 1.95 million in 2023 depicting an increase of 31.5 percent.

This growth in tourist arrivals could have various implications for the local economy, including increased revenue, job opportunities, and the overall development of the tourism sector.

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