Pride Inn Hotel launches new luxury camp in Maasai Mara game reserve

KENYA – Pride Inn group of hotels has acquired a new camp, Pride Inn Azure luxury Mara camp, taking a pie of the game reserve whose popularity has risen over time and currently hosts up to 2,700 per day, during the high season. This comes as tourism continues to witness recovery following the easing of COVID-19 containment measures. The camp…

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Radisson Blu Upper hill reopens under new management after 16-month closure

KENYA – Global hotel brand Radisson Blu has resumed operations of its outlet in Upper Hill, Nairobi after sixteen months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Low bookings due to the pandemic pushed the establishment to halt operations and send most of its staff home in December 2020. The hotel has now resumed operations under new management led by…

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Netflix invests US$300k in Kenya to support to support local scholarships for creatives

KENYA – Netflix, a streaming service, has entered into a two-year partnership with the Kenyan Government that will see the latter invest in 3 Kenyan films which are at various stages of production. Under the partnership, Netflix will also allocate US$300,000 (KSh33 million) to support local scholarships for Kenyan creatives as part of its bid to support human capital development…

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Nairobi’s Hilton Hotel to cease operation in December after 53 years

KENYA – Hilton Hotel, a five star hotel in the centre of Nairobi city, has announced that it will close its doors indefinitely in December and lay off an unspecified number of workers, underlining the troubles of hotels in the wake of Covid-19 travel slump. The hotel, which is owned 40.57 percent by the government, has pointed to other factors…

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South Korea’s Yanolja makes first investment in Africa through HotelOnline

KENYA – Yanolja, a South Korean travel technology company, has realized its ambition to enter the African market by investing in Kenya’s HotelOnline. This is not only their first investment on the continent, but also the first investment in the travel technology business by a Korean corporation in recent years, paving the way for other Korean companies to investigate potential…

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Radisson Hotel Group debuts in Ghana with launch of Number One Oxford Street Hotel & Suites

GHANA – Radisson Hotel Group has announced its debut in Ghana with the opening of Number One Oxford Street Hotel & Suites, a member of Radisson Individuals. In partnership with Belfast City Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kwarleyz Group, the hotel also marks the second Radisson Individuals hotel opening in Africa within the last two weeks. Number One Oxford Street…

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Sarova Hotels signs deal to manage Kisumu’s iconic Imperial Hotel

KENYA – Sarova Hotels and Resorts has assumed the operations of Imperial Hotel Kisumu after signing a 7-year management agreement with the Gilani family, owners of the facility. The lakeside city hotel will now be renamed Sarova Imperial Kisumu bringing the total number of hotels under Sarova Hotels to eight and cementing the hotelier’s position as Kenya’s largest indigenous collection…

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Marriott International appoints Richard Collins as Area Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Marriott International, a multinational hospitality company, has appointed Richard Collins as its Area Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa. In this new role, Collins oversees the company’s managed operations in the region and will be based out of the company’s Cape Town office. He takes on his new position following the announcement of Volker Heiden’s retirement, effective from the…

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Radisson Individuals debuts in Egypt with launch of Marina Resort Port Ghalib

EGYPT – Radisson Hotel Group has launched the Group’s newest brand, Radisson Individuals, in Egypt with the opening of Marina Resort Port Ghalib, a member of Radisson Individuals. Located along the desert coastline of the Red Sea, the property is close to Port Ghalib’s palm tree-lined promenade and yacht-docking harbor. In addition, the resort is situated close to various tourist…

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Bboxx partners Startimes to provide access to TV services for its offgrid customers

KENYA – Bboxx Kenya has entered a partnership with Pay Television Company StarTimes media that will see its off-grid customers across the country access digital television services. Bboxx Solar which provides pay-as-you-go solar home system services to over 500,000 Kenyans through affordable payment plans, will now offer its customers the option to bundle the brand’s Mdosi TV package. The package…

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