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60 percent of local hotels open doors as international travel resumes

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Six hotels out every 10 in Kenya are now open to business following the resumption of international flights.

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Market Perception Survey conducted in July, 60 per cent of the hotels indicated they would be open to correspond with the return to external air-travel.

The flights are seen to jumpstart the wider hospitality sector which took the heaviest denting from economic disruptions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hotel occupancy saw its worst period across April, May and June while registering near zero forward booking in the three months as flights were grounded and borders shut.

CBK’s earlier survey in April indicated over 90 percent of staff had been sent packing as the sector’s revenues run dry.

The return of international flights is now seen as light at the end of the tunnel anchoring new optimism for the emaciated industry.

“As you can imagine, that has been the hardest hit sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is interesting that 60 percent of hotels indicated that they would be open when international flights return after August 1,” CBK Governor Dr, Patrick Njoroge said on Thursday.



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