NAIROBI, Kenya May 12 – The Radisson Blu Upperhill has reopened to the public after a 16-month closure amid the Covid-19 pandemic following the property’s acquisition by new management.
Low bookings due to the pandemic prompted the establishment to suspend operations and send most of its staff home in December 2020.
“We are delighted to re-open the hotel as part of our fast-growing premium brand, Radisson, which has been well received in Kenya due to its modern style and ability to allow guests to focus on a work/life balance and discover harmony in their lives. vacation experience. The hotel will add to our existing portfolio of hotels in Africa,” said Russel Storey, General Manager of the hotel.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, Tourism CS Najib Balala said the tourism industry is steadily recovering and hopes 2022 revenue will exceed 2019.
“We are delighted that the country is now fully open and that most of our main source markets are also open, with people eager to resume their travels to Kenya,” Balala said.
For his part, Storey said he was optimistic about being part of the group when it reopens.
He noted that they recalled nearly 200 employees who were sent home during the shutdown.
The hotel offers unique social areas, restaurants and executive lounges, from the Larder Restaurant, Chop House Restaurant to the Humidor Cigar Bar and Lounge.
It becomes the second five-star hotel to reopen after the Fairmont Norfolk amid a drop in the daily number of coronavirus cases in the country thanks to an increase in mass vaccinations.