Kenya's Hospitality Industry Suffocates Under Lockdown

With lockdowns across the globe, flight and travel restrictions, tourism came to a halt for the most part of 2020 and started making a tentative recovery in the last quarter of the year. During the month of March 2020, with the lockdown and travel restrictions in place, the hospitality sector saw this as a harbinger for harder times. International travellers and locals who had booked holidays and accommodation for the Easter season in April 2021 need refunds and hotels or lodges faced cancellations. Most hotels across Kenya faced a similar situation and partially closing down, letting go of staff. With the reopening of borders and the resumption of international travel in August 2020, there was temporary relief to the tourism sector, writes Ritesh Barot for The Nation.

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A luxurious hotel within Lamu’s Shella Island (file photo).

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