Hotels within Nairobi and its environs are enjoying brisk business thanks to US President Barack Obama’s historic visit.
Obama lands in Nairobi on Friday and is expected to open the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Saturday.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Nairobi Serena Hotel General Manager Daniel Kang’u said President Obama’s visit is a major boost to Kenyan tourism.
“Following news of the US president’s forthcoming tour, this hotel has been packed to capacity since Monday”.
He said about 70 per cent of the hotel’s guests are business people while the rest are leisure visitors.
This is a major boost to the country’s ailing hospitality industry which has been poor in the recent years due to terrorism threats that have been gripping the nation.
Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) national Chairperson Jaideep Vohra said the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a positive event for hotel industry and a pointer of better things ahead.
According to the KAHC boss the summit had boosted tourism in Nairobi with most hotels recording high occupancy.
This is the first time a sitting US President is visiting the country and the excitement it has brought is quite evident in the tourism sector. Kenyans are expecting this visit to be an economical boost to the country. Many players in the tourism sector are confident that the visit will revive the industry and portray the country as a safe tourism destination.