Hotels Cash in On Nairobi Exodus

KENYANS are flocking to hotels in the South Coast to avoid congestion in Nairobi during the visit by US President Barack Obama this weekend.

The hotels have received 35-40 per cent visitors, Kwale Tourism executive Adan Sheikh told journalists in Mvindeni town yesterday.

“We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel because the event is benefiting Kwale hotels,” he said.

Sheikh said the lifting of the travel advisory by Britain has not yielded any fruits so far.

He said that during the low tourism season, the hotels recorded less than 22 per cent bed occupancy.

Joanne Ndung’u, the resident manager of Leopard Beach Resort Hotel, said: “The travel advisories taught us that we need to rely more on the local market instead of foreign one.”

Obama will jet into the country on Friday evening for the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

The summit will take place on Saturday and Sunday in Nairobi.