4,000 employees who have been working at a hotel in the Coastal Region have lost their jobs. These works have become jobless as the tourism industry continues to face challenges and difficult times due to the Covid-19. The Coronavirus has led to several hotels close down during the Easter Season since they lacked clients and the situation is expected continue worsening.
President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed stricter conditions to prevent the spread of the disease after a third wave began in the country last month. The announcement of a ban on entry and exit from Nairobi and Nakuru, Kajiado, Kiambu and Machakos Counties has affected the tourism industry in the Coastal Zone. This is because most of the hotel's customers come from the four counties that were closed for recording a large number of coronavirus infections.
The director general of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Community (KAHC) in the Coast Branch, Sam Ikwaye, said the industry is deemed to collapsing if President Kenyatta will not open the country in the next few weeks.
Ikwaye said that they are closing the hotel. He stated that it was their custom to close the hotel for a short period when there are few tourists. This helps in making room for the renovations to be done. He said that in 2020, all the workers were given a fully paid leave. However he made it clear that this time they were forced by the current situation to give them unpaid leave. Ikwaye said the situation was exacerbated by the closure of five Counties which account for a large number of visitors to Coast hotels.
"Some 300-bed hotels have received only 10 guests, something that will not bring any benefits," Ikwaye lamented. He said the most affected hotels included those in; Mombasa Diani, Watamu and Malindi. This is contributed by Covid-19 which is resulting to the collapse of the Tourism Sector.
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