Kenya’s hotel and tourism industry operators are recording occupancy rates as high as 80% ahead of the December festive season, Pride Inn Hotels Group Managing Director, Mr. Hasnain Noorani has confirmed that tourists are flocking to hotels for business and leisure on the back of improved transport infrastructure, following the launch of Kenya’s famous Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) earlier this year.
“Projections for the last quarter look good with next year looking equally fantastic. We thank local tourism and our business model that focuses and offers value to local tourists,” said Mr. Noorani, who manages the hospitality chain. He noted that two Pride Inn Hotel Beach resorts, Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort and Flamingo by Pride Inn are recording brisk business, an indication that the last quarter of 2017 may be the most profitable one this year.A recent directive by the government of Kenya to launch what is known as the ‘Madaraka Express Train’ has been a boon for the hotel industry at the country’s coast.
Hospitality industry operators said the train has helped drive down the cost of travelling to Mombasa, Kenya’s leading tourist destination.
“From the SGR numbers, uptake from local tourists has been very good. We have seen a 20 percent immediate growth in tourism after the launch of SGR,” said Mr. Noorani, releasing the findings on November 30th, 2017, he explained that poor road networks had been a major barrier to the County’s continued economic growth, as travelers took nearly 10 hours to reach Mombasa by road. He added that, Airline costs were also deemed too expensive, thereby stalling economic activities at the coastal city.
“Weekends can now be literally planned on a Friday and one can be assured of returning to their destinations by Sunday either by SGR or by air where we now have more operators with competitive rates. This has significantly increased weekend occupancy rates,” added Mr. Noorani.