Local hotel chain, PrideInn has started preparations in readiness to reopen their hotels in Nairobi and Mombasa to the local guests.
This comes as the government outlined an economic stimulus programme to help in fixing the unfolding economic crisis brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
PrideInn Hotels Managing Director
Hasnain Noorani stated that the hotel chain will abide by all rules provided by the Ministry of Health in the fight against COVID-19.
“Plans are underway for reopening our hotel facilities to visitors starting mid-June or as soon as cessations are lifted”, he said.
He also pointed out that the hotel are through with the renovations and maintenance activities that we had initiated in some of the Nairobi and Mombasa hotels after closing down over the pandemic.
Mr. Noorani said the hotel group is taking a collaborative approach, working with other key hospitality stakeholders to come up with new operating measures that are in line with government and ministry of health guidelines.
Kenya is currently free from foreign tourists since the country suspended flights in March to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Local hotels have utilized this Covid-19 times to renovate.
Mr. Victor Shitakha, Chairman Kenya Coast Tourism Association said they are encouraging hoteliers to take extraordinary measures to make guests feel comfortable coming back to hotels and local attractions though it depends on the pandemic situation and guidelines given.
“ We expect to see some growth in the next few months once movement ban is lifted, though international tourism will only really start recovering in 2021,” said Mr. Shitakha who is also General Manager for PrideInn Flamingo.