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Report: Nairobi among top hotel centres in Africa

18 September 2013, 09:38

Nairobi - Kenya’s tourism is now among the continent's leading hospitality hubs owing to recent investments in the hotel sector.

This is according to the 2013 Africa Pipeline Survey report that leading industry think-tank, W Hospitality, has released.

According to the report Kenya has for the first time made it to the top ten in Africa as a preferred hotel investment hub.

Among the hotels the report pointed out in a list of recent establishments that have attracted billions of investments in local currency investments include the Best Western Premier Hotels and Villa Rosa Kempinski in the capital city.

“Nairobi is the focus of attention in Kenya, with seven companies entering the market — Best Western, Country Lodge with Novotel and Ibis, Accor, Carlson Rezidor with Radisson Blu and Park Inn, Dusit, EasyHotel and Kempinski,” said the report.

With 11 new hotels set to open in the next few months, the report noted Nairobi was likely to move a notch higher in the global hospitality map as international hotel chains rush to tap into the country’s rapidly growing industry.

Meanwhile, the 2013 Africa Pipeline Survey report rated Algeria, Angola, Egypt and Ghana as the continent's leading hotel hubs.

The Chief Executive of Kenya Tourism Federation, Agatha Juma, projected investments to move to countries that were undersupplied in the coming years especially West and North Africa.

- CAJ News



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