Nairobi 2013: The Perfect Storm makes way for Nairobi 2014: Keep Your Nerve
One of the most important hotel markets in Africa, Nairobi suffered a turbulent 2013. Unsurprisingly, hotel performance across the city fell. However, a detailed analysis of the market paints a more positive picture.
By Tim P. Smith, Managing Partner, HVS Cape Town
The recent increase in bombings has also led some tour operators to repatriate their guests and cancel all flights until October. What is needed is a period of calm to foster stronger confidence in the security in the country. Whilst it is easy to criticise over-reaction to events and sensationalist journalism, no-one will travel to a country or city in which they feel unsafe. Many of the recent events in Nairobi have centred around the Eastleigh area of the city; an area few tourists would visit. Yet at first glance the media reports suggest the whole of Nairobi is off limits. Of course, all visitors must take sensible precautions and heed advice from government and security sources, but now is a time for all parties to hold their nerve and continue to support the somewhat beleaguered Nairobi hotel industry.