Hotel chain, Tamarind Group has launched its newest Sh 1.2 billion high-end hotel in Nairobi, in move meant to address the growing appetite for hospitality facilities and Kenya’s growing attraction as a business center.
The groups Chairman Martin Dunford noted that the finances for setting up the facility were a combination of debt and equity, with plans to establish a number of other outlets across the East African capitals before the close of the year.
“Kenya has attracted global brands to its doorsteps and it is time Kenyan hospitality firms ‘sold’ their brands to other East African capitals as a way of boosting our revenues and presence to counter the competition,” he said.
Situated within Carnivore grounds in Lang’ata – Nairobi, the facility offers easy access to all parts of the city. The new hotel contains 160 double rooms and a 200 capacity hall for corporate functions. Its 150 employees have been sourced from local institutions.
Mr. Dunford noted that they have always had a dream of having a hotel that would provide an all round experience to its clientele.
“It has taken us seven years to get here. Our endeavor has been to redefine the hotel experience relevant to the growing millennial market of discerning business people and tourists alike. To do that, it required a lot of strategising and inputs in terms of capital. We are glad that we have successfully delivered our vision,” in a statement.
Tamarind investment matches the cadre of other new facilities that have been opened in the recent times. The list of brands set to launch or expand include; Marriot, Hilton, Acacia Premier, Carlson Rezidor, Accor hotels, Sheraton and Ramada.
Details of a report released recently by PWC titled Hospitality Outlook 2017-2021 reveals that an estimate of 13 hotels are in line to open doors by 2021 adding 2,400 rooms and expanding the hotel capacity by 13 per cent with a 2.5 per cent compound annual increase in available rooms.