High-end hotels affected the most by Covid-19 as local visitors boost sector

Tourists enjoy themselves at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa. In the absence of international tourists, many such high-end facilities are finding the going tough due to lack of business. 

Photo credit: Kevin Odit. | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • In the absence of international tourists, high-end facilities are finding the going tough due to lack of business.
  • According to the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) Chief Executive Officer Mike Macharia, recovery of the sector depends on both local and international tourists.
  • In June, the Fairmont Hotel Group closed its Norfolk and Mara Safari Club hotels and fired all its employees over lack of business.
  • According to KTF central regional manager Samuel Ondieki, most of the revenue was generated from medium and small establishments targeting domestic tourism.

Domestic tourism is now emerging as a lifeline for the hospitality industry as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to bite the sector.

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