The Intercontinental hotel has announced plans of closing down its local services in a move that will render its staff redundant.
According to a staff memo seen by the Star, the hotel noted operational difficulties as the reason behind its latest plans.
“We hereby give you 45 days’ notice of the hotels intention to declare your position redundant,” it read.
“Please note that we have set up communication channels to address any issues arising.”
The 389 bed hotel has been on the spotlight over its rising debt that led to reports in early 2019 of it being lined up for auctioning by creditors such as Stanbic bank.
Intercon as it is popularly known has not made any profits in 10 years. In 2018 it made a loss of Sh 113 million.
Since 2019 the entire second floor has remained closed owing to the rooms being in unserviceable state and in need of major repairs.
What’s more shocking is that the hotel has been operating without no insurance for incidents such as fire breakout.
The hotel woes have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic that has put a dent on the whole hospitality industry.
The government has since tried to offer support to the sector by forming the National tourism and hospitality protocols taskforce that is meant to develop tourism and hospitality procedures and guidelines to address the Covid-19 pandemic.