The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Eldoret Hoteliers Record Low Christmas Business

Hotels in Eldoret and Kitale have recorded low business over the festive season.

However resorts in Kerio Valley attracted a fair turn out of domestic and foreign visitors who are on holiday in the region.

One of the hotels which recorded a high number of visitors is Kerio View which is mostly patronised by foreign tourists visiting sites within the Kerio Valley.

"We have had an impressive number of visitors over the Christmas season although comparatively last year was better," said an employee at the hotel Ben Kiprop.

Most hoteliers within Eldoret town however said they had fewer customers because families either traveled out of town or remained indoors.

David Kimani who represents the consumers association in Eldoret said there was generally low business in the region due to lack of money.

"Many people do not have cash at the moment and that is why there has been low buying of commodities even in the open markets," said Kimani.

In Kitale many farmers are yet to sell their maize and some said they did not have enough cash to celebrate..

"The cereals board opened quite late and most farmers still have their maize in the stores and hence the circulation of money has been quite low," said one of the farmers near Kitale town Samwel Tanui.

Traders who sell mitumba clothes and shoes said they made roaring business in children's outfits days to Christmas but overall said business has been generally low this year.

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