Global financial consultancy and audit firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) has released a study in Kenya dubbed “African Traveler Report.”
The study suggests that by the year 2017, Nairobi will be able to offer visitors a choice of some 20,000 rooms, compared to some 17,800 rooms available at present.
Next to open will very likely be the 5-star Radisson Blu, bringing another 256 rooms and suites to Kenya’s capital city, followed later in the year by two more projects – the Grand Sapphire and Golf View Hotel.
A Hilton Garden Inn is also under construction along the highway to the international airport, and the latest from the hotel grapevine in Nairobi has it that a Sheraton Four Point will join the throng soon thereafter, also located close to the international airport.
Best Western is said to be keen to expand their Kenyan portfolio, which at present comprises the Best Western Premium in Nairobi and the Best Western Plus in Mombasa, and when staying at the Kempinski a few weeks ago, General Manager Manish Nambia, confirmed that the owners of the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel were advancing their plans with the opening of their own brand of three-star hotels named Acacia, the first of which will be in Kenya’s lakeside city of Kisumu.
This contrasts sharply with the fortunes of the main tourist resorts at the coast, where apart from several major real estate developments, no new resorts appear to be in the pipeline.