In Summary
  • Nairobi’s occupancy performance was the weakest of the 14 cities assessed with a decline of 11.1 per cent.
  • According to the study, there was high growth in new supply with an 8.7 per cent increase in rooms available despite jitters surrounding the August 2017 General Election.
  • Dar es Salaam followed Nairobi with a decline in occupancy of nine per cent.

Nairobi hotels recorded their lowest occupancy in a rating of 14 African cities last year as new establishments boosted Kenya’s total bed space even as the number of tourists arrivals rose compared to the previous year, according to industry researcher HTI Consulting.

Nairobi’s occupancy performance was the weakest of the 14 cities assessed with a decline of 11.1 per cent. The cities include Addis Ababa, Accra, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Lagos, Lusaka, Monrovia, Gaborone and Windhoek.

According to the study, there was high growth in new supply with an 8.7 per cent increase in rooms available despite jitters surrounding the August 2017 General Election.

“Supply grew by 478 rooms of which 334 were internationally branded (Four Points Sheraton, Park Inn),” notes the study.

Past data from the Tourism ministry shows the contribution of visitor arrivals from East Africa helped grow Kenya’s overall tourism arrivals to 1.47 million last year, up from 1.34 million in 2016 although the numbers remained well below a peak of 1.83 million in 2011.

The increase saw the country’s revenue from tourism jump 20 per cent last year even as the sector continued to recover from a series of terrorist attacks on the country a few years ago that had scared away foreign visitors.

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