NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17 – Nairobi has been ranked fourth in Africa in new planned rooms coming up in the next two years.
This is according to Jumia’s Hospitality Report Africa 2017 where Nairobi is constructing 2,666 rooms with Lagos taking the lead at 4,000.
Marriott International, Best Western and Hilton as the leading chains which are expanding across the continent.
Overall, the top destinations for international arrivals as of 2015 are Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe respectively.
Nairobi is among the continent’s major business destinations alongside Johannesburg, Lagos, Abidjan, Accra and Cairo.
“Destinations with the strongest growth in international arrivals in 2016 were Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Ghana, Sudan, and Seychelles. The leading source market for international arrivals in 2016 was Europe with 47.3 percent, while Asia Pacific was the fastest growing market with an increase of +21.7 percent from China,” the report states.
Over 64,231 rooms in 365 hotels are under construction on the continent from 2016 according to the report.
“Nigeria and Angola have the highest number of hotel chains, with 61 and 56 hotels respectively; accounting for almost 30 percent of the total pipelines. There are 20 percent more in 2016 and 2015,” reads the report.