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30 Coast hotels to resume business this month

Facilities were closed because of the Covid-19

In Summary

• Pride Inn Paradise, Travellers Beach, Sarova Whitesand, Voyager Beach, and Flamingo Beach are among facilities ready to resume business.

• They say they have adhered to government regulations.

At least 30 Coast hotels will resume business when President Uhuru Kenyatta announces the reopening of the economy next week.

The hotels include Pride Inn Paradise, Travellers Beach, Sarova Whitesand, Voyager Beach and Flamingo Beach.

Kenya Coast Tourists Association (KCTA), chair Victor Shitakha said on Tuesday most hotels have adhered to the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid-19.

Shitakha, who is also the general manager of Flamingo by Pride Inn, said PrideInn Paradise will reopen on July 15, while Flamingo By PrideInn will be reopened on August 1.

He was addressing the press at PrideInn Hotel, Mombasa town, accompanied by KCTA, Kenya Association of Tour Operators, Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers, and Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry representatives. 

“We are ready for business. We have adhered to all the standard operating procedures put in place by the national and county governments.” 

The facilities will ensure social distancing and high standards of hygiene.

The staff, who will work in shifts, have been trained in how to combat the virus. 

PrideInn Paradise and Flamingo By PrideInn have more than 500 employees.

“Once we reopen, we do not expect business to pick immediately. Therefore, we will not need all the staff back to work immediately; they will be recalled on rotations so everyone has an opportunity to come back until the business stabilises,” he said.

Hotels in the region have agreed to come up with promotional rates during this time to entice local and foreign tourists.

Shitakha said five-star and four-star hotels will come up with standard promotional rates that will be presented to the Kenya Tourism Board for marketing. Tour operators and airline service providers will also be included.

“For a very long time, hoteliers and tourism industry players have not been working together. However, we are now going to agree on promotional rates that will include transport and accommodation,” he said.