More hotels expected in Eldoret, Kenya as tourism revival plans get underway

The tourism revival plans for Uasin Gishu County will aid real estate development as the county positions itself as a gateway into the North Rift region, Kenya Red Cross Governor Paul Birech has said.

The magnificent Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret, uasin Gishu County. [photo/sirikwahotel.com]

The Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. [photo/sirikwahotel.com]

With a number of hotel properties already coming up in Eldoret, analysts say demand for higher standards in hospitality services is likely to trigger new developments.

“The tourism sector in the region has not been doing well hence the demand for higher standards,” said Mr Birech.

Kenya Tourist Board North Rift director Richard Chepkwony was of the opinion that there are many tourist sites that have not been well marketed which he believes could help the current number of tourists visiting North Rift to rise.

Some of the structures under construction in Eldoret. [photo/olx.com]

Construction underway in Eldoret. [photo/olx.com]

 Chepkwony estimated that approximately 100,000 tourists visit the North Rift region every year but said the numbers are expected to rise significantly following concerted efforts to revive tourism in the region and country in general.

The Kenya Red Cross society recently opened the Boma Inn Hotel in Eldoret to satisfy the growing demand for quality accommodation in the region.

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by Japheth Mutinda