Businesses are gradually returning in Kenya as hotels at the coast have started recording August bookings a week after the cessation of movement was lifted granting entry into and out of Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Area is one of the biggest contributors for domestic tourists visiting the coast during April (Easter and school holidays), August and December-New Year seasons.

Inquiries by a local Kenya newspaper, the Star on Wednesday indicated August bookings are at an average 40 per cent, mostly from domestic tourists.

Some hotels have completed implementing the travel health and safety protocols laid out by the government.

Swahili Beach Resort and Jaracanda-Indian Ocean Beach Resort are currently operational. A large number of hotels across the region, with more than 150 high-end hotels, are however in the process of instituting the protocols with the majority expecting to re-open by August 1, when international travel resumes.

“The numbers for August have started to reflect but a number are those who agreed to defer their bookings instead of canceling when the industry was closing down because of Covid-19,” Kenya Association of Hotel keepers and Caterers KAHC executive officer Sam Ikwaye said.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic which necessitated total lockdown, hotels in Kenya were affected so much that about 2.3 million employees were sent home on unpaid leave.

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