Hotels cash in on business spilling to western Kenya

Tourism players in western Kenya are taking advantage of business that is spilling to the region due to US President Barack Obama’s visit.

Hotels in the region are already recording bookings by individuals who have decided to get away from the pressures of Nairobi, where the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is taking place.

Acacia Premier, which is set to host a Safaricom business meeting in Kisumu, which will be attended by 150 participants, and Imperial Hotel, among other resorts, are gearing up for the boom.

The telecom firm is believed to have chosen Kisumu owing to the inconveniences caused by the business summit, with most hotels in Nairobi said to be fully booked.

The surge in the number of guests has also been experienced at St John Manor, Le Savanna and Royal City hotels in the lakeside town.

Western Kenya Hospitality Leaders Association chairman Robinson Anyal told the Nation that many people were visiting the region.

“There are some people who are travelling to connect with the US president by just being in his village or region of origin in western Kenya,” said Mr Anyal.

He said visitors seeking to explore business opportunities in the region have also been booked at various hotels.

“Our profile is now higher than before. What we pray for is that President Obama makes a decision to travel here, even for 30 minutes,” said Mr Anyal.