Swiss global hotel chain Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in Kenya with the official opening of Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi in yet another major global brand targeting the east African economy.
The upscale property features 276 spacious rooms, suites and residences and introduces new exciting dining, leisure and events concepts to the Kenyan capital.
“This is an exciting and timely moment to enter Kenya’s hospitality market, with the tourism sector becoming increasingly important to the country’s economy, generating 10 percent of GDP – the same as banking – and predicted to grow by 6 percent annually over the next decade,” said Marc Descrozaille, President Middle East & Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
“Our debut in Nairobi also acts as a springboard to grow our footprint across East Africa as we pursue development opportunities in the region.”
Stand-out facilities include the elegant 710sqm ballroom with an in-built stage and convertible into two enclosed sections and the pillar-less Hall of Africa with space to host up to 1,100 guests in theatre style.
“Nairobi is one of East Africa’s fastest-growing hubs for tourism and trade and the arrival of Mövenpick in the city will cater to strong demand from the local business community and corporate and leisure travellers flocking to the capital,” said Andreas Flückiger, General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.
“Not only do we promise them outstanding facilities, but a warm and friendly service and an unforgettable stay that’s uniquely ‘Mövenpick’.”
Other international hotel chains that have set up shop in Kenya recently include Radisson Blu, Kempinski, Best Western and Garden Inn which adds to the traditional high end hotels like Hilton, Serena and Intercontinental Hotel.
In total, 13 new hotels are expected to open by 2021, adding 2400 rooms and expanding the hotel capacity by 13 percent with a 2.5 percent compound annual increase in available rooms over the next five years according to a report by Pricewaterhouse (PwC) released in mid 2017.
With an increase in flights to Kenya, lower park fees, a stable economy, and ongoing growth in domestic tourism, PwC projects that guest nights will build on their recent momentum and rise at a 4.1 percent compound annual rate over the next five years.