Kenya’s hotel operators are optimistic about meeting pre-COVID levels


NAIROBI, Oct. 5 (Xinhuanet) – A significant number of hotel operators in Kenya anticipate reaching pre-COVID-19 levels by December, with optimism growing after increased vaccinations locally and globally, a new one said Sector survey Tuesday.

According to a survey by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) of 73 hotels in Nairobi, Naivasha, Mombasa, the Mara Game Reserve and Amboseli National Park, the proportion of foreign guests in both properties has improved in recent months and restaurant services have improved who have renewed hopes for high business.

“This is aided by the continued reduction in international travel restrictions as countries step up COVID-19 vaccination,” Apex Bank said.

Kenya received 305,635 international tourists in the first half of the year, more than the total number of arrivals in 2020.

The third quarter was spurred on by the country that hosts the U20 World Athletics Championships, with increasing foreign visitors to the hotels.

Since the beginning of 2021, local guests have been using 80 percent of the accommodation and catering services.

Despite the optimism, actors in the tourism sector fear heightened risks related to a possible recurrence of COVID-19 infections resulting from increased political activity in the country.

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