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Mövenpick debuts in Kenya, catering to its fast-growing tourism sector

As Kenya’s tourism sector grows year-over-year, generating 10% of the country’s GDP, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts pursues development opportunities with the opening of Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.

Located in Westlands – a commercial, retail and entertainment hub close to the city centre of Nairobi, the capital of and largest city in Kenya – the five-star property offers 276 rooms, suites, and residences with new dining, leisure and events concepts to the Kenyan capital.  It stands as the perfect base to explore Kenya’s capital while staying for business or pleasure.

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi represents an authentic African design to reflect its surroundings, and the brand’s ambitious plan to expand in the Sub-Saharan region.

“This is an exciting and timely moment to enter Kenya’s hospitality market, with the tourism sector becoming increasingly important to the country’s economy, generating 10% of GDP – the same as banking – and predicted to grow by 6% annually over the next decade,” said Marc Descrozaille, president of Middle East & Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

“The tourism sector [is] predicted to grow by 6% annually over the next decade”

The one and two-bedroom residences in the hotel range in size from 97-square-metres to 121-square-metres. Each room offers a separate living area, a fully-equipped kitchen, and features African-inspired artwork and interiors.

“Our debut in Nairobi also acts as a springboard to grow our footprint across East Africa as we pursue development opportunities in the region,” added Descrozaille.

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi offers five distinctive dining experiences:

The Latino-themed La Mesa bar and lounge serves tapas while screening live sporting events; the Baluba all-day dining showcases themed buffets and local produce; The View is a revolving restaurant which is the best place to take in 360 degree views of Nairobi City and sample traditional Swiss specialties; Kijani bar, next to the outdoor pool offers inventive cocktails and light snacks; and the lobby café, presents Mövenpick’s signature coffees, teas, and handcrafted cakes.

“The arrival of Mövenpick in the city will cater to strong demand from the local business community and corporate and leisure travellers”

“Nairobi is one of East Africa’s fastest-growing hubs for tourism and trade and the arrival of Mövenpick in the city will cater to strong demand from the local business community and corporate and leisure travellers flocking to the capital. Not only do we promise them outstanding facilities, but a warm and friendly service and an unforgettable stay that’s uniquely ‘Mövenpick’,” said Andreas Flückiger, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.

For events, from business meetings, conferences and exhibitions, to product launches, banquets, weddings and other social functions, the hotel offers 14 state-of-the-art venues with natural daylight and high ceilings. In addition, the outdoor pool area is an ideal venue for gala dinners, themed nights, parties and more.

Other notable facilities include the 710-square-metre Almasi ballroom and the pillar-less Hall of Africa with space to host up to 1,100 guests.

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