InterContinental Hotel To Close Its Kenyan Operations

The famous InterContinental Hotel is on the verge of closing down its local operations declaring its staff redundant in the next 45 days.

In a notice, the 399-bed hotel said operational reasons for the plan which would lead to loss of all employment positions.

“We hereby give you 45 days notice of the hotel’s intention to declare your position redundant,” the notice read.

“Please note that we have set up communication channels to address any issues arising.”

The hotel had been the subject of a looming auction back in 2019 over unpaid debt.

The 51-year-old hotel is strategically situated overlooking the mausoleum of the founding President Jomo Kenyatta and Parliament buildings.

The impact of coronavirus pandemic on the country’s tourism industry has been crippling with over 1.5 million people directly or indirectly losing their jobs and businesses.

Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala last month gave the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)  the duty of coming up with new marketing strategies that can guarantee the tourism sector’s future.

The hospitality industry has also received support from the government which came up with the National Tourism and Hospitality Protocols Taskforce the meant to establish tourism and hospitality protocols and guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic and to support tourism operations.

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The tourism sector also received the biggest boost from the government’s stimulus package plan with the sector set to receive soft loans through Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC), while a total of Sh2billion set aside to support the renovation of facilities and the restructuring of business operations in the industry.

Balala also asked the newly formed Kenya National Convention Bureau (KNCB) to form create strategies that will enable Kenya tap into future Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE).

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