The Kenyan hospitality industry has struggled in the last few years due to insecurity, competition, travel advisories and over-reliance on foreign tourism, but tourism is expected to grow alongside major planned infrastructure improvements, making Nairobi a business hub targeting three million visitors.

The country’s hotels are facing stiff competition from serviced apartments and homestays such as Airbnb, as well as global brands which are spending billions on expansion and refurbishment of existing facilities, or building new developments next to current ones or in separate key sites.

Global hotel chains have taken the local hospitality industry by storm, including Crowne Plaza, Leading Hotels of the World and Hilton, opening its tallest hotel in Africa, will open by 2020. The Ole Sereni, an eight-year-old hotel with one of the best views of Nairobi National Park, is expanding with a 13-floor new hotel developed adjacent to it comprising 148 rooms split between suites, standard rooms, apartments and a presidential suite.

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