MARKET CONFIDENCE KEY FOR EXPANSION
(Posted 08th December 2016)
The new Sarova Woodlands Hotel in Nakuru, reportedly worth some 10 million US Dollars, is due to open in the first half of next year with 142 rooms and suites. Nakuru is Kenya’s forth largest town with an estimated population of over 1.5 million inhabitants and has so far not enjoyed the presence of either local or internationally branded hotels.
Located outside the town centre along the main highway from Nairobi to Nakuru and close to State House Nakuru will the new hotel provide conference facilities as it targets both conference and business visitors but also tourists. The latter can use the hotel the explore the nearby Nakuru National Park, where Sarova Hotels already operates the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge but can also take in such sights as the Menengai Crater or visit lakes Bogoria and Baringo as day excursions.
The new property is presently starting to recruit staff and those successful with their applications will first received training before being deployed to the new venture.
The hotel group, Kenya’s largest privately owned hospitality enterprise with the five star Sarova Stanley Hotel as its flagship, clearly has market confidence in opening a new hotel given that 2017 is an election year in Kenya. Sarova also operates the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, the Whitesands Resort north of Mombasa and lodges in the Taita Hills, the Masai Mara and in Shaba north of Isiolo.