AFRICANGLOBE – Eight new hotels are due for completion in Nairobi in three years, according to industry sources, citing the increasing importance of the city as the regional business hub.
Marketers of both the new and existing facilities are targeting the business traveller to grow revenue.
“Business travel sector in tourism is improving fast in Nairobi and it is up to players to ensure that they meet this demand,” said Mr Patrick Marekia, the managing director Panari Hotel in Nairobi.
“The competition is growing and any current player should make deliberate steps to protect and also increase its market share. “At Panari we are planning a re-launch to boost our presence in this market,” Mr Marekia told journalists recently.
Growth in the industry has in particular been boosted by the increasing role of Kenya’s capital city as a business hub in the East African region.
Recently, the country was voted third most preferred investment destination in Africa after South Africa and Nigeria.
Nairobi has also earned its slot as a regional centre, courtesy of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for connecting flights.
Rooms still inadequate
In response to this growing stature, new hotels have been put up in the last decade to cater for these needs. However, the number of hotel rooms is still inadequate for the booming business and conference tourism.
The eight new hotels are expected to completed by 2014.
Ideally, most business travellers would shop for accommodation that offers them what the industry terms “office away from office” facilities.
Such facilities include high-speed Internet and conference rooms.